(AllHipHop News) Nicki Minaj's recent interview with XXL made headlines for the wrong reasons in some cases. While taking part in the publication's 20th anniversary Q&A video series, Minaj talked about her impact on Hip Hop.
"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," said the Pink Friday creator. "There wasn't a big female rap presence right before I got in. So, my role was reintroducing the female rapper to pop culture."
Some outlets presented Nicki's comments as her stating she was responsible for making female rappers mainstream. The Young Money star addressed the inaccurate reports by paying homage to Lauryn Hill, Eve, Missy Elliott, Foxy Brown, Lil Kim, Queen Latifah, and Trina.
Minaj wrote on Instagram:
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. Imagine me saying I made female rappers mainstream when there were so many women who already had platinum albums under their belts. 🙃 Lauryn sold 10 million off one album, Eve had platinum singles w/Alicia, Gwen Stefani, her own tv show & clothing line. It doesn't get more mainstream/pop than Missy's biggest singles. Foxy&Kim had platinum albums & shaped the sound of NY female rappers, Latifah had her own sitcom, Trina was on billboard with hits, etc-🙂 I appreciate the love but I never said that. 🦄🦄🦄 now what I DID say is right here for anyone w/their own brain to decipher words on their own. I know it's hard in the social media band wagon era, but try. It's fun. 🙈. 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. They had stopped generating MONEY for labels. Ask any rap historian or just anyone with a brain. These are facts and nothing but the facts. So I "REINTRODUCED" the "successful" female rapper back to POP CULTURE. Showed big business we were major players in the game just like the boys were. ♥️😍😘 love you guys for holding me down but what's true is true & whats not is just simply not. 🙂 update your blogs & tv shows with what I actually said please 🙄🤣. I can't believe this lil interview made it to tv. Haha. See u guys on tour next year. I got a cpl BIG surprises. AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! 😘