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Just last year, Nicki Minaj was deemed the best-selling female rapper of all time. It made sense considering the success of hit singles like “Super Bass,” and the number of popular records she’s been featured on since she put out her first mixtape in 2007. She’s had more endorsements than most and been on more magazine covers than you can count with both hands and toes. She literally was just on the cover of New York Times Magazine, labeled as one of “The Greats.” Whatever you think about her flow, she is pretty much the most successful female rapper to do it.
Still, that hasn’t stopped Minaj from claiming she doesn’t get enough respect or her just dues, specifically from men. She shared her thoughts about that on Twitter on Wednesday.
It all started after a rapper named Russ talked about how she “birthed so many females, not even just in rap, but the look, the whole everything just in women. You gotta really do your research. She’s been that s–t for mad long.” It was enough to get her to speak on the topic of sexism:
Minaj would go on to retweet a tweet from Kendrick Lamar back in 2010 where he called out men for hating on the MC more than anybody else, despite the fact that it was during her early days in the industry that she was releasing some undeniably fire verses.
“Just realized. Moe n—az hate nicki minaj than woman do. #yallniggazisreallypausewhenithinkaboutit.”
And while I would disagree with the idea that she doesn’t get her props (honestly, she’s the only female rapper out now, aside from Cardi B and Remy Ma, whose music even gets played on the radio), and believe she pulls out the s-word when people start comparing her abilities to the new wave of talent, which is common because all artists operate on waves, she makes good points. She’s actually been talking about sexism in hip-hop for quite some time. Take a look: