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Nicki Minaj has enjoyed not only one of the best careers in Hip-Hop but in the music industry period. In a recent interview for her cover story with XXL and its epic 20th-anniversary cover edition series, the Queens rapper says that her success helped push other women rappers back to the forefront.

From XXL:

“My role in hip-hop has been super unique because when my first album came out, there had been so much time where there wasn’t a female rap album out that went platinum. There wasn’t a big female rap presence right before I got in. So, my role was reintroducing the female rapper to pop culture.” She continued with this train of thought by adding, “I don’t think we got that much credit. I think female rappers have always been dope and influential, but I think I sort of came in at a time where big business was paying attention, so I was able to capitalize off of a lot of deals and business ventures.”

Hard to argue with the facts. Minaj breezed by legendary vocalist Aretha Franklin as the woman with the most Billboard Hot 100 Singles ever, so it is beyond evident her place in mainstream culture is solidified on that basis alone.

Check out the rest of Nicki Minaj’s XXL cover story interview, in where she discusses her favorite covers, working with Young Money, and what she hopes for herself in the future by clicking here.

Photo: XXL/screen cap

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