Pepa on Nicki Minaj: 'How's She Gonna Enlighten?'

Just about every hip-hop head, old and recent,

has an opinion on a certain heavy-banged, animated female rapper. Next

to share their thoughts on the ever-present Nicki Minaj?

One half of the best-selling female rap act, Sandra "Pepa"


Pepa, who debuted her first Salt-n-Pepa album Hot,

Cool & Vicious in 1985, shared with VIBE her feelings on the

new, 25-year-old, pink-adoring rapper. "She reminds me of [Lil'

Kim]. Bold and you know… she’s young. And a lot of people are

like 'Oh what do you feel about her because of the message?', but to me

she hasn’t learned the message yet," she says.

"[Salt-n-Pepa are] old in the game, we started out a little raw, so

after a little while I’ve learned and changed because my audience

changed. Kids started coming to my concert and I realized that I had

sense of responsibility. I was cursing in my shows, and then I started

seeing little kids and was like, 'Oh what are they doing here?' And

after a while I had to stop, I didn’t feel right."

Minaj expressed to BET recently during a 2010 Spring Bling special

that though her shows are unconventional, uncensored, and filled with

signatured boobs, she's attempting to find a balance between the older

audience she targets and her over-loyal younger fans. 

Pepa says finding that audience balance is especially tough with a

male-dominated team, like Nicki's Young Money crew.

"Not everyone’s role model material, but we do have a sense of

responsibility because kids listen more to us than they would their

parents. But [Nicki's] young, so how’s she gonna enlighten?' She’s new,

she’s excited and what happens when you have a male camp backing you?

Yeah, you might be singing those kinds of lyrics," she says with a

laugh. "That’s what happens when you have a male camp dictating how you

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