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.” (

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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.” (

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