Nicki Minaj ignites a heated debate yesterday when a statement she made about female rappers surfaced online. before nicki: *where are the female MCs?*
— santana (@baddienexttdoor) October 12, 2017

Give nicki her props because female rap was dead before she came in and heres the proof ??????
— SlayTrick??
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) October 12, 2017

In 2015, Missy Elliot got into a heated back-and-forth with Nicki fans on Twitter after she made a statement taking a jab at Ms Minaj. I think female rappers have always been dope and influential, but I think I sort of came in at a time where big business was paying attention, so I was able to capitalize off of a lot of deals and business ventures.”
Perhaps the strongest defense of Nicki Minaj’s statement came from words from people in the hip-hop industry. “I’m A walking testimony! While she didn’t mention Nicki Minaj by name, she might as well had because the barbz were quickly on the attack. But some rap fans think that she is reaching and Missy seems to be one of those who thinks that she is wrong. “So, my role was reintroducing the female rapper to pop culture. One of the Trini rapper’s fans posted a video from an episode of Sway about the same topic. be YOU there’s many who can relate 2u,” Missy tweeted. Elliot posted a photo of Lil Kim where she wrote, “There’s no denying that @LilKim has been a risk taker not just in music but in fashion she wasn’t afraid. She meshed high fashion & hiphop? Get it lil Kimberly! To those who was told they were talented but didn’t look the part! “There wasn’t a big female rap presence right before I got in,” Nicki Minaj said in her interview when asked about her role in hip-hop. You can watch that video below and sound off in the comments. There's no denying that @LilKim has been a risk taker not just in music but in fashion she wasn't afraid. She meshed high fashion & hiphop.” The photo of Lil Kim is from 1999 before her plastic surgeries. Some of her fans on Twitter agreed with her statement about her role in hip-hop and what she brought to the table. The heated exchange also brought some of Lil Kim fans out of the woodwork to attack the Young Money rapper suggesting that she is not a rapper and more of a pop star. (@Lemonade1218) October 12, 2017

Well, this definitely was a risk. That shoot was done by famed photographer David LaChappelle and features Kimmy’s skin decked out in Louis Vuitton patterns.
— ONIKA IN DA MATRIX? In her interview with XXL, Nicki Minaj says female rappers were all but extinct before she came on the scene. Halloween costume trendsetter realness ???????? I don’t think we got that much credit. Missy Elliott is among her critics on Twitter bashing her for suggesting that she brought back female rap to the mainstream. (@OnikaInDaMatrix) October 12, 2017

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