Nicki Minaj spoke about racial politics and police violence in an interview for the latest Rolling Stone cover story. “It’s gotten to the point where people feel like there’s no accountability,” she declared. “If you are law enforcement and you do something to a black person, you can get away with it.”
The star rapper added, “I feel like when Public Enemy were doing ‘Fight the Power,’ we as a culture had more power — now it feels hopeless. People say, ‘Why aren’t black celebrities speaking out more?’ But look what happened to Kanye when he spoke out. People told him to apologize to Bush… He was the unofficial spokesman for hip-hop, and he got torn apart. And now you haven’t heard him speaking about these last couple things, and it’s sad.”
The pervasive feeling of hopelessness worries Minaj almost as much as the lack of police accountability. “That’s what’s really sad: that we should somehow be used to being treated like animals.”
Minaj released her third studio album, The Pinkprint, earlier this month.