Barbie Taught Me: Nicki Minaj credits herself for the resurgence of female rappers


If you let Nicki Minaj tell it… Cardi B, Young M.A., Kash Doll, and all other new microphone mommies have her to thank for reinventing the female rhymer and broadening the culture’s horizons on women in the rap game…


“My role was reintroducing the female rapper to pop culture,” asserted Nicki Minaj of her groundbreaking contributions to Hip-Hop.

While slaying as cover girl for the 20th Anniversary of XXL Magazine, the 34-year-old “Itty Bitty Piggy” spitter took credit for the resurgence of the lady lyricist during a time in rap history where her predecessors, such as Queen Latifah, Lil Kim, Foxy Brown, and Remy Ma weren’t actively dominating the charts nor positioning themselves for multi-platform superstardom.

“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,” the Queens native served while draped in a money-printed bodysuit. “There wasn’t a big female rap presence right before I got in.”

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Speaking of her unique impact on the female emcee movement, MUVA Minaj continued, “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.”

And though her undeniable love for features blocked her from becoming the second woman rapper in history to realize Hot 100 chart-topping greatness—a feat recently accomplished by genre newcomer, Cardi B—Nicki proverbially patted herself on the back for being one of the first baddie’s to release a hit debut album with guest appearances from the likes of Kanye West and Eminem.

“I had so many big names on that first album. I don’t think that’s ever been done before on a female rap album,” she said. “All the big male artists also treated me with a sense of respect as an emcee. They took me serious. They knew that if they were on a track with me, they had to come hard. So I’m really super proud of bringing that to the game as a female rapper.”




By : Asia Grace

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