Talking Point: Why Nicki Minaj Doesn't Think Of Herself As A 'Female Rapper'

25 April 2014 by


Nicki Minaj just tackled sexism in the music industry head on. The rapper told MTV Newsv earlier this week that she doesn't want to get called a 'female rapper', she wants to be referred to as just a 'rapper'.

Nicki, who's worked with rap legends including Kanye West, Jay Z, Eminem and Nas used to refer to herself as a 'female rapper' in tracks including 'Can Anybody Hear Me' and 'Freedom', proclaiming 'I came to save a thing called female rap'. 

It seems she has a fresh perspective on her place in the industry though, saying she wants to 'respect' herself in the same way male rappers do - not as the best 'female rapper' but as the best 'rapper' out of everyone. 

'I do not see myself as a female rapper anymore, I'm sorry,' she said. 'I see myself as a rapper. I've worked with the greats and I've held my own with the greats and they respect me, So I should respect myself enough to see myself the same way they see themselves.'


While Nicki's calling out sexism in the rap world, Lily Allen's been tackling the way women are treated in pop. The singer mocks the way women in the music industry are only ever compared to other female artists in new single 'Sheezus', mentioning Rihanna, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Lorde.

'I don’t like being put in the same category as people because we have the same genitals and boobs,' she told Rolling Stone. Nobody is going to write “Lily Allen vs. Ed Sheeran.” It just doesn’t happen. It feels like the reason we play women against each other is because it’s the last bit of power that men have. They’re like, “Let’s make them feel s*** about each other.'

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