YMCMB rapper Nicki Minaj made a pretty bold statement during an interview with MTV this week. “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.”
Nicki went on to speak about what she’s see as a lack of respect for her lyrical ability.
“I’ve put in my work lyrically, and people act like it doesn’t exist,” said the current American Idol judge.
This feeling of not being properly recognized may stem from Minaj not making MTV’s “Hottest MCs in the Game” list this year.
Last year Minaj became the first female to be included in the annual countdown of top rappers according to the cable network, but the “Brain Trust” decided that Nicki wasn’t one of the 10 hottest emcees over the last 12 months.
She pointed out her inclusion at number four in 2012 on her song “Roman Reloaded” off her sophomore album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded:
You in the booth, but I’m who you be channeling
Why they never bring your name up at the panel then?
Hottest MC’s, top five!
You need money, I got mine
Minaj believes her skills as a rapper are not properly compared to those of her male counterparts because Hip Hop is a male dominated industry.
“Men run the Hip Hop game. Let’s be honest,” said Nicki. “They’re the program directors. They wanna be able to rap stuff and say it. They’re not gonna recite a female. They just feel funny.”
While Nicki is still dropping videos from her Pink Friday Roman Reloaded- The Re-Up she released last November, the Trinidadian-born artist is currently back in the studio recording her third official LP rumored to be titled Pink Friday: The Pinkprint.
Watch the interview below and check out Nicki’s latest video “High School” featuring Lil Wayne.