Nicki Minaj wasn’t going to let the media twist her words.
In a recent XXL interview, the 34-year-old artist discussed a wide range of topics, including the evolution of hip-hop, where she sees herself in 20 years, and the significance of a magazine cover. But when it came to the subject of her role in the rap game, Nicki's response received a lot of criticism.
"My role in 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," she said. "[…] I don't think we got that much credit. I think female rappers have always been dope and influential, but I think I sort of came in at a time where big business was paying attention, so I was able to capitalize off of a lot of deals and business ventures."
Some outlets used this statement to say Nicki was claiming to have "made female rappers mainstream." She wasn't going to let this slide.
"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," she wrote on Instagram. "Imagine me saying I made female rappers mainstream when there were so many women who already had platinum albums under their belts."
Nicki then went on to praise the work and accomplishments of rappers like Foxy Brown, Lil Kim, Lauryn Hill, Missy Elliott, and Queen Latifah.
"Now what I DID say is right here […] 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 […] These are facts and nothing but the facts. So I 'REINTRODUCED' the 'successful' female rapper back to POP CULTURE," she wrote. "Update your blogs & tv shows with what I actually said please."
Nicki is currently working on her highly anticipated fourth studio album. In a recent interview with T Magazine, the rapper spoke about the new chapter in her life and how the project will reflect that.
"I know what this album is gonna mean to my fans," she said. "This album is everything in my life coming full circle and me being truly, genuinely happy."