Nicki Minaj Says Queen Latifah Paved The Way For Her

During a clip from her upcoming appearance on "The Queen Latifah Show," Nicki Minaj praises Queen Latifah's contributions to entertainment.

Nicki Minaj is slated to be a guest on the episode of “The Queen Latifah Show” that is scheduled to air Tuesday (October 22). In a clip from that show, Nicki Minaj praises Queen Latifah’s contributions to entertainment.

“You’ve opened so many doors for me and so many other women and it’s insane because I always reference you when I talk about female rappers who’ve, like, kinda paved the way in terms of a business woman and mogul and just all-around entertainer,” Nicki Minaj says in the clip, which is on Queen Latifah’s YouTube page. “To be sitting her doing your show, it’s just a great moment for Hip Hop. So, thank you for having me.”

In the clip, Queen Latifah also seems proud of having Nicki Minaj as a guest on her program. “I’m sitting here with a female rapper on a talk show started by a female rapper,” Queen Latifah says. “This is a moment for me. It really is a full-circle moment for me. I probably never envisioned this.”

During a 2012 interview with Funkmaster Flex, Nicki Minaj said that she loved Lauryn Hill and that Queen Latifah was among the female rappers she sometimes forgot to mention when naming her favorite female rappers.

"I always forget to name so many people,” Nicki Minaj said at the time. “I always forget to name [MC] Lyte,[Queen] LatifahLeft Eye, [Da] Brat and Missy." 

Queen Latifah released her debut album, All Hail The Queen, in 1989. She launched her film career two years later with supporting roles in Jungle Fever and House Party 2. Her “Living Single” television show aired from 1993-98.

The success of Latifah’s recording career and “Living Single,” among other things, led to Queen Latifah’s first talk show, the “Queen Latifah Show,” which debuted in 1999. Her new talk show, “The Queen Latifah Show” launched earlier this year.

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  • actions are louder

    Nickis just saying that cuz she has her own show. Nickis influence and you can see it is lil kim. Its like when kenny said nas was his big influence but you can tell its drake when you listen to his music.

  • NOW

    What, aint no way getting Pave, if the way wasn't make by Roxanne Shante give credit way credit is due period. only female MC to hold down again Male

  • Anonymous

    Queen Latifah was a conscience rapper. Her music had millions times more substance than Nicki will ever have.

  • Anonymous

    Lil Kim, paved the way for this bitch

  • Burmy

    "Queen Latifah is someone who I tip my hat to because Queen Latifah looked at it and said, Okay, wait, hmm, I mean I wanna be 40 years old rapping. I the hip-hop fans may not want to hear me when Im 40 years old rapping. So Im going to move in a way so that every aspect of who I am can be seen. Queen Latifah does musicals, movies, voice overs for cartoons is she a sellout or is she winning? So these other b-tches that only did rap and now theyre washed, and theyre living in, you know, low-income housing is that winning? Just so that a n-s in the street can give me a f-cking dap? The same n-s that didnt buy my album any f-cking way, that downloaded the sh-t? Get the f-ck out of here." -"Press Conference," iTunes exclusive Not saying whether or not I agree with it...just saying this quote.

  • fuck queen latifa


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  • drake runs rap

    queen latifa who ever that is begged nicki to mention her name so she could be relevent. She paid nicki lots of money which is why nicki gave her a shout out. Who ever this trash hoe is she is desperate for attention that nicki is giving her

  • Anonymous

    you're 2 years late hoe, should've been paid homage when u was on ya high horse shittin on kim

    • terry cruz

      She's always payed homage to certain female rappers just not kim because fresh out the gate Kim felt a type a way when nikki first came out so she always shut kim down

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