Nicki Minaj sparked a debate after her recent comments about women in hip-hop.
During a recent conversation on an Instagram live with Jesy Nelson to promote her new single “Boyz” – the same one that raised “Blackfishing” concerns about Nelson and got Minaj to comment on Nelson’s old group Little Mix – Nicki talked about “new women” who think they never should be criticized. “It’s like everyone should praise you 24/7,” begins Nicki Minaj.
“Why would you want that? Let me tell you what happens when that happens. What happens is when you put out an album, the sales don’t translate because people are lying to you and they haven’t told you they don’t like your music… So when you put out an album and you’re thinking that everyone loves you, I I saw this happen recently. They release an album and it doesn’t sell what they want.” Says the rapper, at the 48:40 mark of the video below.
Nicki explained that sometimes albums don’t sell “because a lot of people are lying to you for whatever reason” and that rappers “should want people to be honest with you.” Among the reactions to Nicki’s comments are people pointing to her response to past criticism.
In case you don’t remember, when her last studio album, Queen, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in 2018, she responded to this news in a pretty bad way. Although his album sold 185,000 units in the first week, it wasn’t enough to surpass Travis Scott’s ASTROWORLD album. Nicki pointed to merch as the reason his album is not at the top of the charts. “I spoke to him,” Minaj said of Scott in 2018. “He knows he doesn’t have the #1 album this week.”