why did Nicki Minaj say ” its a great time to be a white rapper in america?”
Nicki Minaj decided to make a comment on Instagram, after taking notice that iTunes’ Top 10 Hip-Hop/Rap chart featured eight white rap groups and only two black ones. Minaj shared a screenshot of the iTunes chart, writing in the caption, “It’s a great time to be a white rapper in America huh?”
The “Anaconda” rapper’s observation led to a debate on social media, with some people agreeing with her and others that didn’t appreciate her comment.
She later followed that comment up by naming off two white rappers on the chart she enjoys. She wrote, “These are the top 10 rap songs on US iTunes. S/O to Em & Post. Two of my faves. Congrats to Em on his new album. #Motorsport put dat thing in sport.”
Nicki did have a point though! In the list of the 10 songs, , Migos’ “Motorsport” (featuring Nicki) and N.E.R.D.’s “Lemon” are the only two performed by black artists, with the rest of the chart populated by Post Malone, Eminem, Lil Pump, Macklemore, G-Eazy and Halsey, NF and Machine Gun Kelly. Wow!
Nick addressed the backlash from her post, but certainly didn’t back down. She wrote, “Update blocking all u sensitive [expletive] riders. It IS a great time to be a white rapper in America. I wanna sign one for my new label. U know anyone? I spk my [expletive] mind n if u don’t like it [expletive] my page [expletive] rida! Y’all can never wait to ride the Queen [expletive]! Sensitive [expletive] ig thugs. [expletive].”
Nicki later shared a lengthier post that included a 2014 video of J. Cole’s interview with Angie Martinez, where he discussed how race influences the perception of music, limiting Black artists in the process. Cole pointed out that jazz, originally a black art form, became commercialized by white artists.