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New York Times Says Nicki Minaj Is “Most Influential Female Rapper Of All Time” [MEDIA WATCH]

 

Nicki Minaj fans got some new “I told you so” ammo while many rap purists are either rolling their eyes or crying foul. This past weekend, in a piece for the New York Times, Jon Caramanica writes of Minaj, “…when she releases her second album, ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded,’ this week, it will be as the most influential female rapper of all time.”

All. Time.

That is a loaded statement. In the story, Caramanica points to all the female rappers that have followed in Nicki Minaj’s wake as evidence of this alleged all time influence. XX chromosome possessing MCs like Iggy Azalea, Brianna Perry, Nitty Scott and Azealia Banks (who surely will disagree), in obvious and subtle ways owe the Harajaku Barbie a debt for their current fortunes.

The problem with this argument most people will readily point to is the fact that, at least early on in her career, Nicki Minaj cribbed much of her style heavily from one Lil’ Kim. Even if you don’t care to follow that train of thought, many of Minaj’s current moves (Pop music dreams, outlandish outfits) have her seeming like a poor woman’s Lady Gaga. Yes, Nicki Minaj is becoming her only female Rap (with Pop goals) archetype, but not highlighting were she got a lot of her style from is problematic. The only time Lil’ Kim, and Foxy Brown, are mentioned in the Times story is in regards to Brianna Perry (who coincidentally dropped a track called “Marilyn Monroe” before the one found on Minaj’s new album):

Flexible in a different way is the Miami rapper Brianna Perry, who recently signed to Atlantic. Ms. Perry most resembles the main earlier model of female rap success, the sex kitten and gangster’s moll poses honed by Lil’ Kim and Foxy Brown in the mid-1990s. (There’s even YouTube footage of Ms. Perry performing at a recent birthday party for Lil’ Kim in Miami.)

Also going without mention in the story is Lauryn Hill, a major inspiration on any and all MCs, regardless of gender, who Nicki has sighted as a muse multiple times; most recently in an interview with Hot 97′s Funkmaster Flex. Also, at least a handful of these all time great rapping ladies should have a legit beef, too.

While there is no question Nicki Minaj is one of the Hip-Hop game’s most influential artists, saying she is the most influential female artist of all time is a reach. Especially days before her sophomore album has even been released.

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Comment Comments: 9 Tags Tags: nicki minaj, lil kim, iggy azalea, azealia banks
  • rarabda

    NOPE DON’T AGREE WITH THAT TITLE AT ALL ….SHE REALLY HAS NO LYRICAL SKILLS SORRY…..LAURYN HILL….AND LIL KIM FOR SURE …I WOULD HAVE AGREED TO BUT NICKI MINAJ …NO A BIG MISTAKE HAS TAKEN PLACE…NOT HATING ON HER AT ALL SHE DOING HER THING …

  • http://twitter.com/ScreenTalker ScreenTalkerOrg

    That was a April Fool’s Day troll, right?!? 

  • rapattack

    I LOVEEEE NICKIIII! completely agreee

  • Pointblank

    THAT’S A DAMN LIE…New york times should close down. Nicki stole every thing from previous rappers but Nicki is not a rapper..she sings and Wayne writes half of her music..I can go get someone from 1st grade to write a song and it will sound just like Nicki Minaj music..

    • Annelli

      I bet you wouldn’t say that Bey as “stole” or copied from other artist both old and new…..let me ask you this, do you think Lil Kim had the type of success Nikki has now? Nikkie is just getting started…she has a long ways to go and I know she is going to reach even greater heights of success in the years to come. I don’t like Nikki’s Barbie doll persona, but some of her songs are catchy and cool. 

  • Crx

    This must be April..Nicki who?

  • Champhf

    this kills me so even if everyone agrees she is garbage she will be forced upon us until we accept her. she is trash always was always will be. my 4 yr old raps better than her. but people see her boobs and but t and they forget what she is saying….!!! wack

  • hyphyny

    Aisha Sekhmet is the best female rapper period, and she doesnt need record labels to cosign her!

  • AngelinaWaterlilly

    Check the charts all my winnings is consecutive.I’m a be the queen no matter how they shuffle.Plain note,this isn’t some hood blog this is NY times you know the same people who write about wallstreet and never ever mention any female rapper or rapper on that note.Im so proud of Onika.She went from rapping in a staircase and trying to provide for her family to headlining shows in Dubai.God is good!