Nicki Minaj is on the cover of the latest issue of the New York Times Style Magazine, and she has a lot to say about the uphill struggle she faced as a female rapper in a male-dominated genre.
Yet Minaj sees the “hurdles” she’s had to jump as being part of her rise to the top, as facing opposition only makes her fight harder.
“I kind of love that I’ve had to go through so many hurdles to get where I am because I feel like I deserve it,” she told the mag.
“I had so much going against me in the beginning: being black, being a woman, being a female rapper. No matter how many times I get on a track with everyone’s favourite M.C. and hold my own, the culture never seems to want to give me my props as an M.C., as a lyricist, as a writer,” she adds. “I got to prove myself a hundred times, whereas the guys that came in around the same time as I did, they were given the titles so much quicker without anybody second-guessing.”
In the interview, Minaj also explains the three crucial ingredients that she looks for in a rapper.
“Do you sound intelligent?” she said. “Does your flow switch up? Are you in command of the beat?”
In fact, when she’s rapping she draws inspiration from “JAY-Z, Lil Wayne, Foxy Browny— those are the three I keep in my head when I’m writing because they’ve influenced me so much, I feel like I’m a part of all of them.”
Did the Twitterverse like what she had to say? You better believe it: