To no one’s surprise, Nicki Minaj received backlash when she decided to co-sign convicted sex criminal 6ix9ine. Not only did she tap the controversial rapper for her upcoming NickiHndrxx World Tour, she also included their collaborative “FEFE” single on her new album Queen.
Many fans and music reporters blasted Nicki for choosing to work with 6ix9ine in the wake of his sexual misconduct allegations involving a 13-year-old girl. Shortly after “FEFE” was added to Queen, Pitchfork contributor Shanita Hubbard addressed this issue in a piece titled Nicki Minaj, 6ix9ine, and the Alarming Normalization of Predatory Behavior.
The article reads in part:
The choice to use her platform to further legitimize a sexual predator is in direct contrast with the nation-wide, black women-led movement to silence music’s most infamous abuser (R. Kelly).
[…] If this pattern of normalization continues to seep into our culture, by the time the magnitude of the damage is determined it will have caused irreparable harm to society. […] I do hope she realizes that the message she sends by supporting an abuser threatens to eclipse the vibrant verses she has spent years perfecting.
Nicki responded to the piece via Twitter on Saturday, claiming it demonstrated some shady behind-the-scenes action: Certain outlets were being paid to write negatively about her.
The “Chun-Li” rapper suggested there was a conspiracy to knock her down and ruin her success … and that she had evidence to prove it. She also claimed that the criticism of her support for 6ix9ine underscored a double standard within the industry; she pointed to Pitchfork’s praise of Lady Gaga’s “Do What U Want” record with alleged sexual predator R. Kelly.
You can check out Nicki’s response in the tweets below.