Nicki Minaj Talks the Lack of Unity Among Female Emcees

Nicki Minaj opens up to the New York Times about the lack of unity among female emcees.

Young Money star Nicki Minaj recently sat down with the New York Times to discuss the success of her recently released debut Pink Friday and her upcoming line of lipstick. She also touched on how that she feels there is little camaraderie among female emcees. She says that all female rappers face the same kinds of industry pressures, and that she hopes they can foster a greater sense of unity as female artists.

"Well, it’s hard to be a female rapper but it’s more tough being credited with the work that you put in as a female rapper because people assume that you’re not the brains behind the operation or that you’re not the one doing writing these lyrics," she explained. "So letting people come into my world and see that I am doing these things is good for all girls...the thing that I want to promote is that if you see someone doing their thing, give them their props. We all have it hard and face the same challenges as female emcees. Show some mutual love and respect for each other so that it doesn’t get nasty." (NYTimes.com)

Nicki also talked about her recent documentary My Time Now and what it was like to open up about her family life. She explained that she was surprised when the director first asked her about her father's drug abuse and her grandmother's passing, but that she hopes her struggle inspires others else in similar situations.

It’s very hard and to be honest, [the documentarian] kind of caught me off guard when he asked me about my grandmother," she said. "I wasn’t prepared to answer that question. But that’s when you get the raw emotion and if being open about the things that have happened in my life inspires someone then it’s cool with me. I’ve done my part." (NYTimes.com)

A behind-the-scenes video can be seen below.

51 Comments

  • Trent Nelson

    yall are idiots kim went at nicki FIRST shes the one that responded. why u think songs called REVENGE fuckin imbeciles

    • Anonymous

      Actually Ray J started it. Nicki & Drake responded attacking Lil' Kim (who said nothing at the time), not Ray J. Then Lil' Kim responded.

  • $$mike

    how the fuck is nicki minaj say we need unity amongst female rappers when shes dissing lil kim...shut the fuck up

  • Jago

    She'd be a lot better if she cuts down on the retard voices she makes

  • hellrazor

    this bitch is a joke.

  • Smite Smithe

    I agree there is a lack of unity within the female EMCEE community. What ever happened to "Ladies Night Awooo" and Living single the hit show They should get together and start a female rap band called "FEM-CEE" and all get fake asses and rep dolls and stuff, i mean jeez.. nicki minaj is so talented she averages about 1 album per 3 years definitely should have the scepter and pink crown.

  • Robert Jones

    SHE TALKS ABOUT NO UNITY NOW THAT LIL KIM STRUCK BACK SHE WANTS TO PEACE IT UP SHE HAS NO RESPECT FOR THE ONES BEFORE HER SHE WAS ALWAYS TALKING SLICK SHE NEEDS TO APOLOGIZE AND KEEP IT MOVING...

  • TheONe

    Okay it's ironic.. You people who hate on Nicki or any other artist dont make sense. . So you rather a mc stay in the hood and rap about stupid ish than grow and get this money the world has to offer? Getting Money makes you Pop is basically what yall saying

  • freshyboi

    getting pretty tired of these fucking nicki minaj news stories 3 times a day. i remember like 3 or 4 years ago when this website didnt completely fucking suck the music industries dick all day

  • BRavo

    i just bought a cpy of the her new cd and its the best cd of the year, probably 10 years im so impressed

    • Anonymous

      plz just kill yourself now if you think pink friday is the best cd in 10 yrs, LOL thats so fucking sad, you are a waste of life and dont deserve to breathe

  • Carl CrackRock

    your a figment of my imagination a collection of my thoughts you claim barbie who the fuck says barbie at age 30 "me and my bert and ernie niggas" "i do this for me and my Captain America Niggas" "I do this for me and my Ryu niggas" your a sellout slut.. it took 3 years to drop ONE album and now your the queen of hip hop.. they haven't even crowned a king of hip hop yet.. there are probably 10,000 female rappers in the state of new york better than you at rapping your lucky.. lemme guess your gonna try to start acting before you get washed up.. g'luc

  • Dung Done It All

    missy elliot is way better than nicki mirage it took her fucking 3 years to drop a album and all those songs fucking suck "imma dragon dragon dragon" stfu ur a fucking BUST shes the harold miner of hip hop

  • Clark Kent

    She kinda has a point, though I prefer she would quit and give up. Besides the last hot thing a group of female emcees did together was Ladies Night angie martinez, lil kim, left eye, Da Brat & Missy. And that shit was in 1997!

  • Anonymous

    haha, thats sick nicki has talent you have to be deaf not to hear that she does

  • NY

    Stop talking, Nicki's album was a flop in reviews, Lil Kim is going to get all over that and now she wants unity among female emcees (if you can even call Nicki Minaj an emcee). Too late she already made her comments and do hip hop a favor and stop rapping/singing or whatever that bullshit you do. Fuck Nicki Minaj and fuck cash money/young money no talent. Real hip hop is going on tour this winter Wu-Tang Clan tickets are on sale, I'm going to the one at B-More.

  • Concerned Citizen

    Someone pass the toilet paper, cause this article gave me the shits...

    • ilexx

      KIM took the shots at Nicki first and then Nicki sent subliminals and then Kim put out her dis track.... If u think Nicki Minaj is going away anytime soon u are gonna be real upset over the next year..... lol

  • HIP HOP'S ADVOCATE

    HER FANS and MEDIA BE ON SOME HYPOCRITICAL SHIT FOR REAL CAUSE IT'S FUNNY AS HELL HOW THIS WACK AZZ BITCH SHOOT SUBLIMINAL SHOTS AT OTHER FEMALES INCLUDING KIM and IT'S ALL GOOD... BUT WHEN KIM AND OTHER BITCHES SHOOT SHOTS AT HER... "THEY'RE JEALOUS and HATING"

    • umad

      I know. Her fans have issues,obviously and can't take the shlt they dish out....but yeah Nicki took a few shots at kim but kim through some back now she's "hating"? yea right, I ain't trippin on it cuz I know she wont be in the spotlight like she was before her album came out :-)

  • white milk

    nicki i feel you but ignorant blacks are just crabs so you gotta let that shyt ride. hell yesterday i watched an interview you did back in 08 where u was giving all them old hoes props but they not after u bc u didnt pay homage, they after u because if what i stated earlier... CRABS!!! do ya thing. you cold and the only reason i wont say u better than kim at this point is bc your catalog isnt long enough. as long as u stay on this path and keep grinding you will definitely surpass her considering she didnt even write her own ish. plus u crack so fuk all these hatin ass crabs. keep doin yo thing and reaching the masses...

    • ilexx

      A fake fuck who can RAP apparently.... I mean seriously what exactly is fake about Nicki (i am not talking physically) and her image? Nicki been Nicki and the only thing that I see that changed from '07 til now is that she is a bit more animated and she doesnt act as HOOD as she used too. Some ppl could call that growth because she aint out there with the hoe lyrics that KIM would spit and she is actually getting major corporate backing because she has a polished image. Its about the money u silly fucks... At least Nicki writes her shit and bosses up when necessary.

    • Charles ExSavior

      If people are not giving Nicki bullshit justification on her rapping, they're definitely gonna give her fake pats on the back. Other females can get together and do banging tracks 'cause they actually have SKILL. Lil' Kim did it on Not Tonight Remix, hell even Brandy got the dope femcees together on I Wanna Be Down Remix. Point blank Nicki is a fake fuck, silicon included.

  • Essex

    If She wanted Unity She should have put a track with a couple dope females on her album. Nicki Minaj Jean Grae Free Eve

  • BluntedDaily

    Yeah, talk about unity after Kim slaughtered you. Smart move.

  • Cool Kid

    Jealousy its a females trait

  • JOHNNY

    I was really thinking someone is ILLITERATE. LMAO...COPY EDIT THIS HO. ;)

  • boahho

    it would already help to unite the colors of your hair and make-up

  • YOYO

    quote: Who keeps tellin this bitch shes a Emcee??? Pop star trash go suck a dick.

    • jabroni101

      take away the cartoon voices and stupid gimmick then what do you have? not hating just truthing nikki is the worst un original female rapper i ever heard she pimpin you dumb fans dont you see?

  • Brandon Q. James

    I love this website but they need to start copy editing.

  • Anonymous

    Who keeps tellin this bitch shes a Emcee??? Pop star trash go suck a dick.

  • Anonymous

    ok.. niceeee look at thiss http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxEtfs36qpg

  • Anonymous

    You picked the wrong genre if your looking for unity, Hip hop has and will always be a Bunch of crabs in a bucket, anybody who's succesful gets attacked and Disrespected by the rest.......... Always has been, always will be, nothing gonna change about that. For Womens its worse because there's so few, so when one akes the Jealousy is even worse then for the guys

    • Anonymous

      @ Getyafacts straight Ya, and I also remeber Cube gettin dissed by Tim Dogin Fuck Compton, Chuck D gettin accused of "Making Mountains Outta Mole Hills" by PM Dawn and so on and so on Anytime your succesful, somebody will pop up with a reason to bitch about it. Always been that way.... More eysthat are you the more people cry about, thats how the world works in general when you think about it, whichever guy at the job gets all the best shifts, the biggest bonus and the highest salary, thats the guy everyones else is cryin about in the break room, lol

    • Get Ya Facts Straight

      "if your looking for unity, Hip hop has and will always be a Bunch of crabs in a bucket, anybody who's succesful gets attacked and Disrespected by the rest.......... Always has been, always will be, nothing gonna change about that." I remember in 1990 when Chuck D did a song with Ice Cube & Big Daddy Kane. Great song but they weren't hatin' on one another. Even though they were in different crews, they had a mutual respect cause they could all MC. The Rappers getting the major exposure in today's game aren't as talented as the old school cats. That's why real rap fans don't like Nicki.

  • SHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIITTTT

    And writing diss songs to Lil Kim contributes to that unity? I realize it's only entertainment but she's a major part of the problem.

    • billy

      and there was about 3 other other no named "Femcees" who made diss tracks on nicki (Worldstarhiphop) for no real reason...i just say...let the bitch do her thing, she the nicest female out now

    • Anonymous

      Kim dissed her first......... Just sayin

  • CMWFAN

    NEW MC EIHT VIDEO - SO WELL 2010

  • WTF-MAN

    THE WATCHER GOT RAPED!

  • the.watcher

    There are 2 female MCs that I am aware of that are worth the plastic they record the music on: Lauren Hill (who does RnB now) and Dessa from Doomtree. Seriously, if you haven't - check out Dessa's A Badly Broken Code, it's amazing.

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