Nicki Minaj Reflects On Her Impact On The Rap Game

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Nicki Minaj reflected on her impact on pop culture and women in the rap game this past weekend as she honored the 12th anniversary of her debut mixtape, Playtime Is Over. She took to Instagram on Friday (July 5th) and said, "12 years ago I dropped my 1st mixtape. Wrote every single word on every single song. I was so proud of that. Eventually the barbz were all wearing pink hair, Chinese bangs, & Barbie chains. Colorful wigs came all the way back in style. Everyone became Barbies & Dolls."

She continued, "I always shouted out my influences in my interviews. Now a days, it’s become cool to pretend u weren’t influenced by other artists. S/O to the ones big enough to do it: Kash, Asian, Cuban, Saweetie, Meg, Malibu, YOUNG MA, Ms. Banks, Lady Leshurr, etc. No female rapper (other than Trina) did a song w/me or congratulated me on my billboard accomplishments."

Nicki then said, "I didn’t mind. I never felt they were obligated to do so. Just like Beyoncé isn’t obligated to congratulate or collaborate with Normani, etc." The Queens rapper also seemingly threw shade at Cardi B, whom she accused of payola and not writing her music, saying, "I never had a crusade by radio stations, influencers & blogs to make my song number I when Anaconda was #2 on the Hot 100. I never had a group of men in the studio writing my songs for me so it took a while between albums."

She added, "Please stop these write ups about what I didn’t do. Y’all are rlly sick & ima call y’all out one by one on Queen Radio. Most of yall doing these write ups have never fought for anything in life. You just sit on the sidelines & watch the doers do!!!! To my fans; I love, cherish you, adore you, and thank you. God bless you."

One fan mentioned Lil’ Kim, saying, "Nicki, I love you, but you HAVE to shout out Lil Kim. You have to…I’m sorry but she prob felt like she got no recognition from you and you reincarnated her style. I’m sorry to say it."

Nicki fired back, "I shouted her out in all my early interviews. That’s YOUR narrative. Not the RIGHT one. I recreated her pose as a sign of paying homage."

Nicki later took to her Instagram Stories to remind fans that she paid homage to female MCs that came before her, writing, "Who’s Ya Best MC’S NIC, FOX & KIM CAN’T FORGET REM! Oh y’all forgot sh*t like that, right? Do your fkng research and thank u to the ppl who stand with me."

Rapper Ma$e also suggested that Nicki and Kim collab on the remix to her song, "MEGATRON." He said, "Get it right with #kim on the #Megatron remix." Nicki responded with the tears of joy emoji.