Nicki Minaj Calls Out Sexism in Hip-Hop
"In any field, women must work TWICE as hard to even get HALF the respect her male counterparts get. When does this stop?"
Earlier this year, Nicki Minaj earned one of the biggest feats of her career after surpassing Aretha Franklin's record for most Billboard Hot 100 hits, making her one of the most successful rappers in hip-hop. Despite her successes, Minaj feels as if she still doesn't get the same recognition as her male counterparts and called out sexism in hip-hop in a brief Twitter rant on Wednesday evening.
Her rant was fueled by a tweet from "What They Want" rapper Russ, who posted a clip from his Rap Radar interview where he told the hosts, "You know who else people really need to start putting respect on is Nicki Minaj — period." He added that Minaj "birthed so many females," and her style has influenced a lot of artists who came after her.
Minaj caught wind of Russ' praise and thanked him, then further expounded on Russ' points. "In any field, women must work TWICE as hard to even get HALF the respect her male counterparts get. When does this stop?" she began. Not one to mince words, she noted that rappers who collaborate with rappers like Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and J. Cole are deemed "dope" but if someone works with her, it's forced.
To back her argument, Nicki dug up an old tweet from Lamar where he said, "Just realized. Moe n—az hate nicki minaj than woman do. #yallniggazisreallypausewhenithinkaboutit." She added that the 7-year-old tweet is still relevant today, and for her to get recognition, she'd have to dress as a man.
Minaj recently celebrated the 7-year anniversary of Kanye West's "Monster," where her lyrical attack and alternating vocal effects earned her a place in best rap verses conversations. "I said: YOU'RE KANYE WEST!!!! — I became the first female rapper to perform @ Yankee Stadium on the JAY/Eminem stadium tour," she reflected. "When I saw him, Jay said: 'when u got so nice?' I said: 'I been nice!' Ha! Kanye, thank you for being the genius you are. You always put others first. I fought u every step of the way but it worked out."
Read Minaj's tweets below.
In any field, women must work TWICE as hard to even get HALF the respect her male counterparts get. When does this stop?— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) October 25, 2017
The greats collaborated w/Drake, Kendrick & Jcole b/c they’re dope MC’s. They collab’d w/nicki cuz someone pulled a gun to their heads...— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) October 25, 2017
Putting ppl in the same sentence as me after my 10 years of consistent winning. What are you teaching THEM? They’d never do this to a man.— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) October 25, 2017
Kendrick’s tweet from 7 years ago. This is so telling. And scary. I’d have to wear some baggy pants n timbs for men to openly give props. https://t.co/r6fEjSJZPl— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) October 25, 2017
This article originally appeared on Billboard.com.