Who said that Nicki Minaj doesn’t know how to pay homage to the female lyricists that came before her?
Undoubtedly the biggest woman rapper we have out right now, Nicki Minaj has worked with MAC Cosmetics, done her first film role, and just premiered her first clothing line with K Mart. She’s been able to do such great things because of someone like Queen Latifah, a woman who started off as a rapper and has become a brand thanks to her many film roles, her TV show and production work, her endorsements of CoverGirl, her own fashion collection for QVC and more. People who didn’t know her when she dropped All Hail The Queen in ’89 love her now as a household name. So when Minaj sat down with Queen La on her show recently, she had to give her the necessary props.
Queen: “I’m sitting here with a female rapper on a talk show started by a female rapper. This is a moment for me. Respect. It really is a full-circle moment for me, I would have never envisioned this.”
Nicki: “You’ve opened so many doors for me and so many other women. And it’s insane because I always reference you when I talk about female rappers who’ve like kinda paved the way in terms of a businesswoman and mogul and just all around entertainer, and to be sitting here doing your show is just a great moment for hip-hop, so thank you for having me.”
Digging all the U.N.I.T.Y. Check out that clip from the interview below, and tune in for their full conversation during the show on Tuesday on CBS.