Nicki Minaj has been vocal about not only her contributions to modern Hip-Hop music but also what she intends to leave as her legacy in the game. As the genre’s most visible woman rapper, the Queens superstar used her massive platform to decry sexism in Hip-Hop and also suggested in a joking manner that her elite male counterparts only did so because they were allegedly forced to do so.
“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 wrote on Twitter Wednesday (Oct. 25) afternoon. She added, “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.”
This particular string of thought comes just as Minaj celebrated the release of her scene-stealing verse on Kanye West’s “Monster,” which outpaced every other rapper on the track by most measures.
Minaj continued to hammer home the point that sexism is what has held her and other talented women MCs back and that the criticism she faces would never come her way if she were a man. She also retweeted a seven-old tweet from K-Dot that added to her earlier thought.
Fans responded to Minaj’s tweets. We’ve collected a bit of the reaction below and on the following pages.