Nicki Minaj Addresses Near-Death Experience, Ghostwriting In BET Awards Acceptance Speech

Nicki Minaj: "When you hear Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it."

Nicki Minaj celebrated her Best Female Hip Hop Artist award win at the BET Awards today (June 29) with a speech about Lil Wayne's influence, rappers who have ghostwriters and how she recently feared for her life.

"The other day, literally I didn’t tell anyone this, I really thought I was about to die," she said in her speech. "Like I was saying my prayers to die. And I didn’t even wanna call the ambulance because I thought, 'Well, if I call the ambulance, it’s gonna be on TMZ.' And I would rather sit there and die…and it made me realize, I don’t care what anybody gotta say. I’ma do me, I’ma do me. And I hope and pray that BET continues to honor authenticity."

Earlier in the speech, Minaj also focused on authenticity. 

"What I want the world to know about Nicki Minaj is, that when you hear Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it," she said. 

For a list of the BET Awards 2014 winners, check HipHopDX's recap of the event here

An excerpt of the Minaj speech is below, via BuzzFeed, followed by a clip of the speech via YouTube user Osaze Mckinson. 

This is always very very emotional for me. Because this is my fifth year winning this award and I don’t take it for granted, I really don’t.

I thank God that I’ve been placed in a position to do something and represent women in a culture that is so male-driven. and I want you to know this — I want you to know that I have an album The Pink Print that’s coming out before the year ends. That’s not a plug, but it’s a plug. But my point is, what I want the world to know about Nicki Minaj is, that when you hear Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it.

No, no, no shade...I used to sit in the studio with Wayne and I would literally take sometimes three, four days to write a verse. And he was like, 'No, you can’t be taking days to write no verse, you gotta write your verse right here in the studio.' And that’s why I love him till this day. Because he pushed me to push my pen, and I’m still one of the only emcees that’s out here spitting metaphors and making you think. And I really don’t even care if I get my credit or if I don’t. I don’t look at myself as a female rapper, because I know what I do. And I thank my fans because they…

…They might cut me off. This is so big. At one time black people was getting blacked out on the TV now they own their own network. This is big. This is different…

…I just wanna say that, the other day, literally I didn’t tell anyone this, I really thought I was about to die. Like I was saying my prayers to die. And I didn’t even wanna call the ambulance because I thought well if I call the ambulance, it’s gonna be on TMZ. And I would rather sit there and die…and it made me realize, I don’t care what anybody gotta say. I’ma do me, I’ma do me. And I hope and pray that BET continues to honor authenticity. And that’s all I’m gonna say about that. Stephen I love you. It is what it is. Young Money till the death of me.

RELATED: BET Awards 2014 Recap, Winners

19 Comments

  • p-dub

    ya u make me think........u make me think u are trash lol.....i literally cant believe that she believes she's that good , smgdh

  • Anonymous

    she should tell that to her boss, who had Gillie the Kid write the first Carter album

  • Anonymous

    shes the last one to question someones authenticity when her actual physical appearance is fake

  • Anonymous

    "Im still one of the only emcees thats out here spitting metaphors and making you think." HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!! She obviously hasn't heard any of her music.

  • Anonymous

    Nicki taking it straight back to hiphop with pills n potions. Far superior than purple pills from d12.

    • Anonymous

      You mean she's taking it back to pop with Pills and Potions. That pop bullshit is inferior to Purple Pills.

  • Anonymous

    It must be such an honor to win Best Female Hiphop Artist 5 years in a row when there are maybe 3 to 4 other mainstream female rappers...what a fucking joke award show

  • Dan

    One of the only MCs that still makes people think? That line had me dying. There are plenty of actual MCs that make you think and do research on what they're rapping about. She's trippin'.

  • 3headedmonstah

    who gives two fuks what happens to her? and I can tell she rights her own shit .. shit is fukin wac in the first place! That lil shade she thru at Iggy was better then anything she raps.. I mean, she is the true definition of some that fuck her way to the top! like I wouldn't fuck her tho lol ..

  • Anonymous

    why bring up the "near-death experience" if you're not gonna say what happened?

  • 614grind

    As if anybody pays attention to Nicki because of her lyrics.

  • F Klein

    God forbid anything would happen to the Queen of Hip Hop. Gotta give props where its due. If she just popped up out of the blue and won this award 5 years consecutively without putting in work, then I'd have a problem, but she been through the entire underground circuit, from mixtapes and dvd's, and selling albums out the trunk of her car. Nicki Minaj doesn't get the credit she deserves, and I don't think she was speaking about anyone specifically, but she is the only one who is able to speak up about authenticity because she definitely is carrying the torch for female emcees. It's a shame when a female rapper has to use a ghostwriter; it discredits the entire female rap category when that happens, and its refreshing knowing the Nicki Minaj writes her own shit. Nicki deserved the award, and it was the best, and most truthful speech at the BET awards this year.

    • StriderNo9

      Meh, I'll take Jean Grae anytime anywhere over her.

    • Anonymous

      nicki minaj does NOT write her own shit. maybe thats a new thing but all her early mixtapes before wayne found her was written by just one nigga i think then when wayne found her everybody started writing for her HA! look up a bitch called nitty scott mc SHE writes her own shit

  • COCA

    YEAH THAT'S CALLED DOING TOO MUCH COKE... YOUR HEART FEEL LIKE IT'S GONNA JUMP OUT OF YOUR CHEST, SO YOU PANIC AND WANNA CALL THE AMBULANCE... THEN YOU THINK ABOUT THE EMBARRASSMENT OF IT AND YOU JUST SAY FUCK IT... SOMETIMES YOU PULL ONE FOR THE TEAM AND SURVIVE, SOMETIMES YOU OD AND THATS THAT. ONE

  • McInnes

    From the Kindom for they call lord d I say the a cheat froud should give back all five years of those rewords all they are is a lack of hulmaginized milk

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