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Here’s another case of a female rapper having to explain why she’s the illest MC among a male-dominated genre. This time it’s Grammy-nominated rapper Nicki Minaj, who decided to weigh in today when Bossip posed this question:
#seriousquestion Why aren't there more mainstream female rappers?— Bossip (@Bossip) December 11, 2015
Minaj saw Bossip retweeted a few flagrant tweets about female MCs (it was probably this one that rubbed her the wrong way) and defended herself. In her own words, Minaj says she has rapped alongside greats like Jay Z, Lil Wayne, Eminem and Kanye West, which is pretty much all the proof you need. In case you forgot, she’s the one who washed everyone on “Monster" a few years ago.
Plus, Minaj has been a popular face in pop culture this year, recently covering this month's issue of Billboard and promising to release another mixtape in her career soon. "Well, I want to touch a couple of beats that I wasn’t on. I could have bodied a lot of the records that came out in the last year. But the main thing is, I have to set an example for female rappers," she says.
Read her tweets, below.
I've gone toe to toe w/everyone of your favorite male MC's. To undermine my skill & diversity as an MC is actually comical @ this point. 👸🏽😜— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) December 11, 2015
I saw Bossip retweeting ignorance so I figured I'd put that out there. Lol. The greats give me my respect. The great journalists as well.— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) December 11, 2015
If a male rapper was on tracks w/Wayne, Jay, Eminem, Kanye, etc going ROUND 4 ROUND he'd b hailed as a GREAT as well. Jealousy is a disease— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) December 11, 2015
Not giving me my props doesn't stop me from being great. I am a mogul. Your hate is what made this possible. Lol. Thank uuuuuu! Mmuuaahhh!!!— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) December 11, 2015
Lol. R the male rappers only successful cuz they have a big bulge ? 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂💍💎👸🏽 https://t.co/lF5ngNpe3A— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) December 11, 2015
Your greatest achievement in life will be attempting to undermine my greatest achievements in life. lol. Now check that. Phaedra voice 🤗— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) December 11, 2015
Bossip responded to a few of Nicki's tweets, and stressed that the issue specifically wasn't about her. Instead, they were interested in continuing the conversation on Twitter.
Why would you assume that RTs mean we agree? https://t.co/tov4x6LTqX— Bossip (@Bossip) December 11, 2015
Somehow our extremely general question about women rappers has turned into a very specific @NICKIMINAJ conversation. Gotta love this app...— Bossip (@Bossip) December 11, 2015
Wow, our lil' question had Nicki hotter than a Middle Eastern climate, violent...— Bossip (@Bossip) December 11, 2015