Queen of hip-hop!

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Nicki Minaj gives herself a much-deserved pat on the back for bringing a female presence back into hip-hop and rap culture.

She gave a telling interview to XXL and touched on the respect she received early on from industry heavy-hitters like Jay Z, Eminem and Kanye West. “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,” she explained. “There wasn’t a big female rap presence right before I got in. So, my role was really reintroducing the female rapper to pop culture.”

Nicki also delves into hip-hop’s influence on, well, everything. “I don’t think [female rappers] 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.”

Internet trolls are trying to stir the pot. They’re twisting Nicki’s words around to make it appear like she’s taking credit for Cardi B’s recent chart topping feats with “Bodak Yellow,” which is not the case. Minaj has undoubtedly rocked the industry like very few female MCs ever have; she spoke the truth.

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