Nicki Minaj has called out “blogs & TV shows” that she believes have misquoted what she had to say about her effect on female rap in pop culture.
Minaj’s Instagram post came shortly after TV show host Wendy Williams talked about Minaj on her show, saying, “Nicki Minaj is crediting herself for making female rap mainstream.” It was a statement that went down poorly with the crowd — and one that Williams herself eventually agreed with — but was it what Minaj actually said?
Sharing a video clip of the interview that Williams was referencing, Minaj made a generous offer: “If you can find the part where I said ‘I made female rappers mainstream’, I’ll give you $100,000.00.”
I see ppl remixing my words so let me post "exactly" what I said for the intelligent ones in the back. Now, if you can find the part where I said "I made female rappers mainstream", I'll give you $100,000.00. ? blogs & tv shows don't care to do actual research these days, they only care about what grabs your attention… at anyone's expense. Imagine me saying I made female rappers mainstream when there were so many women who already had platinum albums under their belts. ? Lauryn sold 10 million off one album, Eve had platinum singles w/Alicia, Gwen Stefani, her own tv show & clothing line. It doesn't get more mainstream/pop than Missy's biggest singles. Foxy&Kim had platinum albums & shaped the sound of NY female rappers, Latifah had her own sitcom, Trina was on billboard with hits, etc-? I appreciate the love but I never said that. ??? now what I DID say is right here for anyone w/their own brain to decipher words on their own. I know it's hard in the social media band wagon era, but try. It's fun. ?. When I came out, there had been a drought of a few years where NO female rap album had gone platinum, females weren't getting budgets, the industry did NOT believe in the female rapper anymore. They had stopped generating MONEY for labels. Ask any rap historian or just anyone with a brain. These are facts and nothing but the facts. So I "REINTRODUCED" the "successful" female rapper back to POP CULTURE. Showed big business we were major players in the game just like the boys were. ♥️?? love you guys for holding me down but what's true is true & whats not is just simply not. ? update your blogs & tv shows with what I actually said please ??. I can't believe this lil interview made it to tv. Haha. See u guys on tour next year. I got a cpl BIG surprises. AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! ?
What Nicki actually says in the clip is, “My role is Hip Hop has been super unique because when my first album came out there had been so much time where there wasn’t a female rap album out that went platinum, there wasn’t a big female rap presence right before I got in. So my role was reintroducing the female rapper to pop culture.”
Nicki explained why the distinction is important in the caption of the video, writing, “Imagine me saying I made female rappers mainstream when there were so many women who already had platinum albums under their belts.”
Nicki credits Lauryn Hill, Eve, Missy Elliott, Foxy Brown, Lil Kim, Trina and Queen Latifah, before concluding, “When I came out, there had been a drought of a few years where NO female rap album had gone platinum, females weren’t getting budgets, the industry did NOT believe in the female rapper anymore.”
“They had stopped generating MONEY for labels. Ask any rap historian or just anyone with a brain. These are facts and nothing but the facts. So I ‘REINTRODUCED’ the ‘successful’ female rapper back to POP CULTURE.”
Check out the clip below. The Minaj talk starts at 8:15.