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Nicki Minaj Clarifies Comments on “Reintroducing the Female Rapper”

October 19, 2017

PhotographerChris Pizzello/AP

Nicki Minaj has clarified a comment she recently made to XXL about "reintroducing the female rapper to pop culture” after being criticized online. Billboard reports that Minaj took to Twitter on Wednesday and offered $100,00 to anyone who can find where she stated, "I made female rappers mainstream.” She proceeded to give props to the female artists that came before her. "Lauryn [Hill] sold 10 million off one album, Eve had platinum singles with Alicia [Keys], Gwen Stefani, her own tv show & clothing line,” Minaj wrote. “It doesn't get more mainstream/ pop than Missy [Elliott’s] biggest singles. Foxy [Brown] & Lil Kim had platinum albums & shaped the sound of NY female rappers, Latifah had her own sitcom, Trina was on Billboard with hits, etc." In her original interview, Minaj said "there had been so much time where there wasn't a female rap album out that went platinum" before she came onto the scene.