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Nicki Minaj Comments on Competing with Male Rappers

Nicki Minaj Comments on Competing with Male Rappers

Nicki Minaj slays on the cover of Marie Claire‘s November 2016 November 2016 issue, on newsstands October 18.

Here’s what the 33-year-old rapper had to share:

On young women’s goals: “Nowadays, I feel like [young women] see marrying into money—I think that’s a big thing now. I don’t want that to be a woman’s goal in life. I want your goal in life to be to become an entrepreneur, a rich woman, a career-driven woman. You have to be able to know that you need no man on this planet at all, period, and he should feel that, because when a man feels that you need him, he acts differently.”

On competing with male rappers: “I don’t need to read a book about [business]. I can look at someone’s career and just pinpoint the dos and the don’ts, and the one person I’ve done that with for my entire career was Jay Z. He did such a great job being an authentic street guy and a businessman, and I was like, Why aren’t there women doing that, taking the success from rap and channeling it into their empire? I felt like anything he could do, I could do.”

On the double standard that exists for women of color in the media: “When Kim Kardashian’s naked picture came out, [Sharon Osbourne] praised it, and my fans attacked her for being such a hypocrite. So it wasn’t trashy and raunchy when a white woman did it, but it was when a black woman did it? It’s quite pathetic and sad, but that is my reality, and I’ve gotten accustomed to just shutting it down.”

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Credit: Kai Z Feng/Marie Claire
Posted to: Magazine, Nicki Minaj

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  • Shivani Yadav

    Her answers were so good especially the one for young women’s goals.

  • Anastatia Bagans

    Always bringing race into every damn thing. Nobody praised Kim, everyone shamed her. Shut the hell up. You are NOT a role model if the only thing you sell is sexuality.

  • Amber

    Nicki Minaj is actually very astute in a lot of her observations, and she is very much a feminist. I don’t care for her image, or her music but I always enjoy her message.