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Nicki Minaj: The Queen of Rap

Nicki Minaj's Powerful Message on Minority Representation and Cultural Influence

Nicki Minaj on stage with dancers performing at the 2018 VMAs
Nicki Minaj performing at the 2018 VMAs

While watching an insightful interview with Nicki Minaj, I found myself deeply moved by her arguments. She eloquently expressed the challenges faced by minorities, regardless of their influence or level of success, in being seen and heard. In this article, we will delve into her thought-provoking points and discuss the significance of giving the gift of representation. Nicki Minaj's perspectives shed light on the responsibilities of individuals who share similar experiences, the reluctance of certain artists to support people who look like them, and the disparities faced by hardworking minority artists compared to their white counterparts. Moreover, I encourage you to explore Nicki Minaj's interviews firsthand, as she offers invaluable insights and addresses many interesting topics.


The Struggle for Visibility and Understanding

During the interview, Nicki Minaj emphasized the difficulties faced by minorities in gaining recognition and understanding. It reminded me of the tendency that people of color and other marginalized groups, including disabled individuals, are often relegated to the background, intentionally kept unseen and unheard. This sentiment reflects the need for amplifying the voices of those who have been marginalized, setting the stage for the discussion to follow.


Giving a Voice to the Voiceless

In the realm of journalism, there exists a powerful phrase (or other iterations of this sentence), "Giving a voice to the voiceless." Nicki Minaj clearly live by this motto and she masterfully highlighted its relevance to individuals who share her experience. She stressed that it becomes the duty of those who understand the struggles faced by their communities to represent and uplift them. Regardless of personal aspirations, they are entrusted with making their people proud and ensuring opportunities for fellow talented artists.


Reluctance and Internalized Oppression

One striking aspect of Nicki Minaj's interview was her discussion about how some "ambassadors", despite their position and influence, refuse to extend a helping hand. She shed light on how certain individuals absorb the ideologies of oppressors, fearing that supporting minorities might jeopardize their own success or status. This revelation underscores the challenges faced by marginalized artists and the need for support from within their own communities.

The Struggle for Recognition and Cultural Influence

Nicki Minaj astutely addressed the disparities faced by hardworking minority artists in contrast to their white counterparts. She highlighted how certain artists, particularly those who possess white or "whiteness" attributes, swiftly attain significant milestones that minority artists often struggle to achieve or are only presented with much later in their careers. She mentions a Vogue cover given almost immediately to certain people while other have to wait and struggle to even dream of such a proposal. This inequality in opportunities and recognition raises important questions about cultural influence and the gatekeeping that minorities must overcome. Independently of anyone remarkable talents and actual influence on culture, their appearance or the type of music they make, in this case rap, have a bigger impact on what they can or cannot have access to.

Personal Influence and Cultural Impact

Nicki Minaj shared her personal experience of wearing pink wigs and how it has become a blueprint for women rappers today. This example exemplifies her role as a trendsetter and her ability to shape culture, fashion, and art. By expressing herself authentically and unapologetically, she has opened doors for other artists and expanded the boundaries of artistic expression. But many have failed to give her the credit she deserves in all that she had accomplished as an artist. Like the dances on TikTok who have completely wiped their black creators while making white people famous for doing those same moves. No matter how much Nicki Minaj has contributed to rap, fashion and pop culture, she doesn't get to enjoy the fruit of her work because the mainstream media might have another image of what trendsetters should look like.

Nicki Minaj is a talented actress and she has often shined during interview by her eloquence and the quality of thought process and arguments. I strongly recommend watching her interviews to gain a deeper understanding of her insights, as she provides a unique and thought-provoking perspective that many interviewers have failed to fully explore - Nicki Minaj didn't fail in letting them know. As a woman of color, a songwriter, an artist and an icon for many of us, Nicki Minaj has gifted the music industry as well as the fashion industry with bold creations. What I personally love about her is how she always speaks from a place of kindness while keeping it real. She is not there to create drama but art, in its noblest form.


Fatima Moudjaoui

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