Nicki Minaj Says She Reintroduced Female Rappers to Pop Culture

Nicki Minaj deserves some R-E-S-P-E-C-T after surpassing Aretha Franklin on the Billboard Hot 100 record list! Nicki Minaj has become the woman with the most Hot 100 hits with a total of 76 songs to make the charts. The Queen of Soul previously held the title with 73 songs. In a recent interview with XXL Magazine, she said to be the one who reintroduced female rappers to pop culture. “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. I aligned myself with a lot of brands and I was able to show that a female rapper can sell products. Whether it was the makeup, the lipsticks, whether it was the nail polish, headphones or anything like that. It just said, ‘You know what? We were overlooking female rappers for a long time.’ 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.” To quote Da Brat, "female MCs run it!"

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