"What I want the world to know about Nicki Minaj is when you hear Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it," the rapper said in the third-person, so you know she meant it. She then struck a saucy pose, did a hair flip, and clarified that this all added up to “no shade,” lest people think she was taking shots at someone who, say, has been accused of not writing her own lyrics, strikes a similar pose in her video, and is threatening Minaj’s status as one of the few female rappers getting serious radio airplay. But again, Minaj was just saying these things, not calling anyone out specifically.
Today, Minaj reiterated that point on her Twitter. “The media puts words in my mouth all the time and this is no different,” she said, correctly noting that the original comments about writing her own lyrics did not include the sarcastic qualifier “unlike some people I know” while glaring at Azalea. “I will always take a stance on women writing because I believe in us! I believe we’re smart enough to write down our own thoughts and perspective, just like the men do. I’ve been saying this for FIVE YEARS.”
It’s clearly important to Minaj that hip-hop maintain a strong authorial voice, a distinction that sets it apart from genres like country music, where songwriters frequently hand over their work for other artists to record. She specifically cited the works of Lauryn Hill and Missy Elliott as examples of those worthy of a “different level of respect.”
Besides, Minaj said, finally directly addressing the passive aggressive elephant in the room, “I’ve congratulated Iggy on the success of “Fancy,” publicly. She should be very proud of that.” So that settles th...oh wait, there’s one more relevant tweet.
“That will never change my desire to motivate women to write. Our voices have to be heard. I hope I inspire up-and-coming females to do that.”
To summarize, Nicki Minaj has long advocated that women in hip-hop write their own lyrics like Lauryn Hill and Missy Elliott, she has in fact congratulated Iggy Azalea on the success of “Fancy,” and Minja’s comments were simply a generalized plea for women to allow their voices “to be heard,” rather than an attack on someone who may or may not have had some help with their lyrics from T.I., to use one purely hypothetical example.
In other words, move along people, nothing to see here. Watch the video for Minaj's new song “Pills N Potions” above.