“You Opened Up So Many Doors For Me”: Nicki Minaj Shows Love To Queen Latifah On Her Talk Show

October 19, 2013  |  

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.


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  • Val

    That’s some serious cluelessness on display. Just consider that Latifah’s rapping was about women’s empowerment and then consider that Nicki’s rapping is about called women “stupid h*oes”. QL didn’t open doors for Nicki’s misogyny, QL was fighting against it. Sigh.

    • guest

      They don’t have to have the same message for them to acknowledge that QL’s success paved the way for Nicki’s. And even if you don’t like Nicki’s style of rap or the message in her music, there is still value/empowerment in women calling out other women for behaving like ‘unintelligent garden tools’ (to put it mildly).

      • Val

        “there is still value/empowerment in women calling out other women for
        behaving like ‘unintelligent garden tools’ (to put it mildly).”

        Okay, whatever you say, H0e. Lol

        • guest

          You are very childish.

          • ScriptTease

            I totally agree!

          • Val

            And you are ignorant if you think Nicki Minaj making a song called “Stupid H0e” is empowering for women. Smh.

      • Tru Words&Wisdom

        “there is still value/empowerment in women calling out other women for behaving like ‘unintelligent garden tools’

        Maybe it would be more empowering to not glorify that behavior and have intelligent messages with actual value. Please explain this logic to me, I fail to understand your point of view, or perhaps my definition of empowerment is different than yours!
        Good for NM for her success BUT i really do wish she wasn’t the “Ambassador” for female hip-hop artists. Her lyrics and her sound and overall being is quite irksome to me. I find her grating and tasteless. It is a tragedy that so many young women and little girls see her as a “hero”.

        • bluekissess

          If young girls are looking to her as a hero then those girls mothers failed them.

  • bluekissess

    Is that outfit from her line? O_o and who exactly would wear that? Not my style but ok.

  • Trisha_B

    Loves this! Gonna have to figure out what time the show comes om to watch…its a pretty big deal. Proud of both women for being where they are today!

    • MNEditor2

      I know in NYC it comes on really early at 9 a.m., so it could be the same for you if you live on the East Coast.

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