Nicki Minaj Wasn't Shading Iggy Azalea, After All
She was actually encouraging female empowerment.
By Laura Cohen
Good news: It looks like there won't be any big drama between Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea, after all.
Almost everyone believed Minaj’s acceptance speech at the BET Awards last Sunday was a jab towards Azalea—but as Minaj would say, "No, no, no shade, no, no, no shade." She set the record straight today on Twitter. It turns out her comments were really just about the importance of women writing their own songs in the heavily male-dominated music industry.
The media puts words in my mouth all the time and this is no different. I will always take a stance on women writing b/c I believe in us!— PillsNPotions (@NICKIMINAJ) July 2, 2014
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 5 YEARS— PillsNPotions (@NICKIMINAJ) July 2, 2014
I fell in love with Lauryn Hill b/c I knew she was the author behind those amazingly profound and articulated songs on the MisEducation— PillsNPotions (@NICKIMINAJ) July 2, 2014
I wondered how Lauryn tapped into my brain and wrote an album on love, betrayal, passion, pain, triumph, brokenness.... Did she read minds?— PillsNPotions (@NICKIMINAJ) July 2, 2014
It's the same reason I have a different level of respect for Missy. I know she's a writer and a producer. Women MUST aspire for more.— PillsNPotions (@NICKIMINAJ) July 2, 2014
Minaj pointed out that she's publicly supported Iggy on her success and added that she wants to "motivate women to write." Using her mega-platform in the music industry to empower more women is definitely something we can get behind.
I've congratulated Iggy on the success of Fancy, publicly. She should be very proud of that. All the women nominated should b proud.— PillsNPotions (@NICKIMINAJ) July 2, 2014
That will never change my desire to motivate women to write. Our voices have to be heard. I hope I inspire up & coming females to do that.— PillsNPotions (@NICKIMINAJ) July 2, 2014
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