Nicki Minaj Discusses Female Emcees, Praises Ms. Lauryn Hill, MC Lyte, Remy Ma, Foxy Brown & More

Nicki Minaj shares that various female emcees influenced her and praises Ms. Lauryn Hill, MC Lyte, Foxy Brown and many others.

Though she's often asked to name her favorite female emcees, Nicki Minaj sat down to discuss the subject again on the Funkmaster Flex show recently. The YMCMB star shared that she has some favorites but also added that she often forgets to name influences when she's asked about other female rappers. Taking time to name more than she usually does, Minaj listed several influences she's had over the years. 

"You know I loved [Ms.] Lauryn [Hill]," she said. "I've never met her. It's the craziest thing. I'd love to meet her. I'm pretty sure she's heard me talk about her a billion times. I wanted to get her on 'Champions.' That would've been crazy, right? She was my fav." 

She then went on to say that other female emcees from New York inspired her.

"I liked all the New York female emcees, I have to say," she shared. "To me, they always was fresh. Shout out to Remy [Ma]. Remy, at one time, had brought back this energy that was almost palpable. When the 'Ante Up' verse came out, if you didn't know her, you knew her then. Of course, Foxy [Brown] was one of my favs." 

She then noted that other names come to mind. Though she said she "always" forgets to mention these artists, she said they also deserve recognition. 

"All of them," she added. "I always forget to name so many people. I always forget to name [MC] Lyte, [Queen] Latifah, Left Eye, [Da] Brat and Missy." 

Recently, MC Lyte also shared her take on Minaj's work in a HipHopDX exclusive with Paul W. Arnold

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  • realtalk

    lauryn hill>>>foxy brown>>> nicki minaj>>lil kim>> reema major or azaelia banks. be onda look out for banks. shes nice

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  • bccoastin

    im sorry but if your a female rapper, matter a fact male too u should have RaH DiGGa up in that list. between her and lauryn hill they got the female mc shit o lock. fuck a minaj lol she cute just cant stand her fuckin songs


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  • Anonymous

    She forgot Lil Kim, seeing how she thinks about Kim all day long and disses her. Nicki

  • Anonymous

    LOL! take that Kim. what about roxanne shante and moni love? and Salt & Pepa!

  • insanemacbeth

    the best female emcees were are ANTOINETTE, and JEAN GRA!

  • insanemacbeth

    the best female emcees were/ are ANTOINETTE, and JEAN GRA!

  • The_Observer

    they should call a live cypher of Nicki & Lil Kim like how they did with Jay Z & Nas during their beef Nicki vs Kim? Kim takes it as she has more substance in her raps....can Nicki even right songs like 'i gave your power' by Nas, or 'fried chicken', 'fetus', 'project roach', Nas 'me & my girlfriend' by Makavelli, 'niggaz bleed' by BIG, 'Nightfall' by Killah Priest, 'Nature of the Threat' by Ras Kass 'Secret Wars' by Last Emperor Till Nicki can write rhymes that complex, she remains a basic

  • The_Observer

    i hope Ms Hill don't accept your request to work with rather hear a Sade & Ms Hill collabo than a Nicki & Lauryn Hill, it just a complete misfit (oil & water) In the Cash/ Young Money camp, only Lil Wayne would fit on a track with Lauryn Hill, and Busta - even Drake would fit, even though am not a fan of his music, but him being an emo rapper, he would fit with Ms Hill....Nicki? Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • The_Observer

    She is nowhere being a timeless rapper, she really lacks substance in her raps - she is for the uneducated bubble gum head boppers who don't care about lyrics or are entertained by mindless nice sounding ryhme patterns Pink Friday vs Miseducation of Lauryn Hill? u kidding me Nicki? u wanna associate Ms Hill with the garbage content you brainwash these mindless MTV fanatics with? Ms Hill fits better with rappers like Nas, Common, Talib, Mos Def, Pharoah Monch, and Black Thought to name a few

  • The_Observer

    Nicki won't last that long, she's trying to hard...Mc Lyte, Queen Latifah & Lauryn Hill are timeless because they have substance in their music no one will remember Nicki ten years from now - she'll be blown with the wind - so she best make her money like Souljah Boi did, as when her time expires, she'd be rolling in it atleast

  • Swag

    I would love to lick the bottom of Nicki's feet.

  • CC

    'You couldn't get with Michael Kors if you was fuckin' Michael Kors' is one of Nicki's lines and as far as English, Gibberish and Rap are concerned, she is chatting shit. She is a shit rapper. She's trying to play like Lil' Kim never existed when there are too many of us who recognise Nicki's look. She needs to big up Lil' Kim cos Kim was hot and so are all the other ladies she is talking about. This bitch is pulling straight up plagiarism.

    • AXAX9

      plagerize what she don;t anyone a damn thing especially lil no eyebrows kim

    • Anonymous

      ^^fuck that faggot nigga^^ -- so you sayin swagger jackin and plagarizing is acceptable for a female trying to get on??? stop it 5, kill ya fuckin self for that 1

    • Anonymous

      Nicki is doing her. She worked hard for her success and fan base. It's not easy for any female rapper to accomplish that. She don't have to kiss ANYONE ass.


    This girl a GOAT,#YMCMB

  • Anonymous

    She still could have named Kim and said although we have differences, she inspired me to do my whole thing and take it to another level as far as the image goes. Remy is still the Queen of NY and i hope foxy finally makes a return!

    • Anonymous

      Even Kim & Foxy acknowledged each other as dope emcees during their feud. Nicki deliberately left out Kim to get a rise out of her. No surprise.

  • KING

    Why do people hate Nicki? Even though she doesn't have much substance she's still a good rapper. She had some joints on her album too...gun shot, beez in the trap, come on a cone, champion. She can be a little goofy but she can rap...And she's sexy. lol

  • Burmy

    Why does everybody keep talking about Remy in the PAST TENSE?! She's eligible for parole this year, and from what I've heard, her behavior's been excellent...when she gets out, she'll reclaim her spot! #FreeRemy

  • fuck so icey boy

    I want some pussy az you can tell ...

  • fuck so icey boy

    Nicki pussy phaaat.

  • fuck so icey boy

    Fucked lil kim now im like WHERE MY DICK GOOOOOOOO(

  • fuck so icey boy

    Lil kim pussy can get suck 2 lol

  • genocide_cutter

    She's still garbage

  • fuck so icey boy

    I just wanna suck that black pussy...

  • Anonymous

    those rappers where her influence but lil kim was her idol, she jacked her whole style

    • Anonymous

      She didn't even mention Kim above. She stole her whole style..smh. I mean, maybe not rap style per say, but her fashion style with the wigs and all that! Fess up Nicki. U bit the sh*t outta KIM.

    • Anonymous

      cosign, Nicki and carbon distance herself from Kim she also jacked lady gaga and eminem

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