Earlier this year, Nicki Minaj earned one of the biggest feats of her career after surpassing Aretha Franklin's record for most Billboard Hot 100 hits, making her one of the most successful rappers in hip-hop. Despite her successes, Minaj feels as if she still doesn't get the same recognition as her male counterparts and called out sexism in hip-hop in a brief Twitter rant on Wednesday evening (Oct. 25).
Her rant was fueled by a tweet from "What They Want" rapper Russ, who posted a clip from his Rap Radar interview where he told the hosts, "You know who else people really need to start putting respect on is Nicki Minaj -- period." He added that Minaj "birthed so many females" and her style has influenced a lot of artists who came after her.
Minaj caught wind of Russ' praise and thanked him, then further expounded on Russ' points. "In any field, women must work TWICE as hard to even get HALF the respect her male counterparts get. When does this stop?," she began. Not one to mince words, she noted that rappers who collaborate with rappers like Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and J. Cole are deemed "dope" but if someone works with her, it's forced.