Nicki Minaj ignites a heated debate yesterday when a statement she made about female rappers surfaced online.
Missy Elliot is among her critics on Twitter bashing her for suggesting that she brought back female rap to the mainstream. In her interview with XXL, Nicki Minaj says female rappers were all but extinct before she came on the scene. Some of her fans on Twitter agreed with her statement about her role in Hip-Hop and what she brought to the table. But Missy seems to be one of those who thinks that she is wrong.
Elliot posted a photo of Lil Kim where she wrote, “There’s no denying that @LilKim has been a risk taker not just in music but in fashion she wasn’t afraid. She meshed high fashion & hiphop.” The photo of Lil Kim is from 1999 before her plastic surgeries. That shoot was done by famed photographer David LaChappelle and features Kimmy’s skin decked out in Louis Vuitton patterns. While she didn’t mention Nicki Minaj by name, she might as well had because the barbz were quickly on the attack. The heated exchange also brought some of Lil Kim fans out of the woodwork to attack the “Young Money” rapper suggesting that she is not a rapper and more of a pop star.
“There wasn’t a big female rap presence right before I got in,”Â Nicki MinajÂ saidÂ in her interview when asked about her role in Hip-Hop. “So, my role was reintroducing the female rapper to pop culture. I don’t think we got that much credit. I think female rappers have always been dope and influential, but I think I sort of came in at a time where big business was paying attention, so I was able to capitalize off of a lot of deals and business ventures.”
Perhaps the strongest defense of Nicki Minaj’s statement came from words from people in the Hip-Hop industry. One of the Trini rapper’s fans posted a video from an episode of Sway about the same topic.Â
In 2015, Missy Elliot got into a heated back and forth with Nicki fansÂ Â on Twitter after she made a statement taking a jab at Ms Minaj. “I’m a walking testimony! To those who was told they were talented but didn’t look the part! be you there’s many who can relate 2u,” Missy tweeted.