Nicki Minaj Clarifies Comments on ‘Reintroducing The Female Rapper to Pop Culture’

Nicki Minaj caused an uproar when she made a comment in a recent interview for XXL’s 20th anniversary issue, crediting herself for “reintroducing the female rapper to pop culture.” Minaj expressed her disappointment in media blogs misinterpreting her remarks and shared a lengthy message on her Instagram clarifying her message.

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Offering $100,000 to anyone who can find where she stated “I made female rappers mainstream,” Minaj began her rant, giving props to the female artists who carved out their own successful paths in music long before she emerged on the scene.

“Imagine me saying I made female rappers mainstream when there were so many women who already had platinum albums under their belts,” she wrote. “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.”

In her interview with XXL, the “No Frauds” rapper said “there had been so much time where there wasn’t a female rap album out that went platinum,” and her role was “reintroducing the female rapper to pop culture.”

Elsewhere in her Instagram post, Minaj reiterated her thoughts on the inactivity of female rappers when she debuted.

“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,” she continued. “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.”

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Read Nicki Minaj’s full message below.

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!!!!!!!

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This article was originally published on Billboard.