Young Money star Nicki Minaj is putting her foot down and letting the entire male rap game know she considers herself a more complete emcee than a majority of them.
Despite the platinum plaques and high-profile acclaim, Minaj said she does not fully receive all the credit she has earned.
“[With her upcoming album Pink Friday: The Pinkprint] I care less about the acceptance and more about me being the lyrical, ill bi**h that I am, knowing that I am lyrically better than most of the male rappers out there–yes, I’m gonna say it. I don’t get the credit that I deserve.” (MTV)
After missing MTV’s “Hottest MCs in the Game” Top 10 list last month, the music network issued an honorable mentions rundown with her on it a few weeks ago.
With the 2013 edition of MTV’s “Hottest MC’s” in the game finally concluded, MTV felt it was time to give notoriety to three artist that didn’t make the cut. First up was Jay-Z who’s a former number 1 hottest emcee opened the Barclays Center in a 8-night concert series, but didn’t release any new solo music during 2012 with only features. Nicki Minaj also a former top emcee, became a superstar in 2012 with becoming the next host on American Idol, but according to their criteria, she was quiet during the year. Capping off the clip was Lil’ Wayne, who like Jiggaman is also a former top emcee didn’t release any a project in 2012, with Sway saying after his “I Am Not A Human Being II” release; he’ll be right back at the forefront of their list. (Free OnSmash)
She recently talked about not yet landing a Grammy award despite dropping handfuls of hit records.
“I’ve gotten tons of awards and I believe when it’s my time to get a Grammy, I’ll get a Grammy,” she said with a laugh. “I understand that artists and critics make a big deal over the Grammys. But when I go to my shows and I’m selling out arenas in London, and when I’m in Australia and Japan, there aren’t any Grammys there,” she said. “There are human beings who I’ve touched. There are human beings who are inspired by me, who I love dearly. And that’s what my career is based on.” (Associated Press)
Last year, Cash Money Records CEO Birdman said he viewed Nicki as one of the biggest female hip-hop artists of all time.
“I say she is, but if she’s not today, within time she will be. No female ever will be able to sell more records than her, have more singles than her, have more number one singles than her, have more awards–no more nothing. She had the most singles by a female last year. Her accomplishments are gonna speak for themselves.” (Complex)