Pharrell, Ludacris, 50 Cent, & Eve Sound Off on Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj

Female rap is getting a revival thanks to Nicki Minaj. The femcee is dominating music with her guest features and solo single “Your Love,” which became the first song by a female artist unaccompanied to reach No. 1 on the Rap Songs chart since Missy Elliott’s “Work It” in November 2002.

The Associated Press interviewed some of Minaj’s peers and collaborators, including Pharrell, Ludacris, 50 Cent, Eve, and Queen Latifah, to get their thoughts on her and female rap in general. Here’s what they had to say.

Pharrell: “I think since Nicki came out there’s going to be a lot of new girls coming out. There’s always one that paves the way and opens the door [and] I think she reopened the door to hip-hop for females.”

Ludacris: “Now that you have somebody that has pretty much her own style and does her own thing, people are gravitating toward it, so I think that makes her stick out ’cause she’s so different.”

50 Cent: “There’s not as many female rappers because there’s not as many emerging crews. When those new crews come up, there’s a potential for a female artist when the head of that crew sees the idea of bringing someone to speak from a female perspective.”

Eve: “Even though Nicki is representing for females period, she’s not representing for every female. She’s a specific type of entertainer. There are a lot of different kind of men out there representing for the males, and you need a lot of different females that represent for the different kinds of females. … Honestly, between [Lauryn Hill] and me and Nicki being out there, hopefully a lot of other females will be coming up.”

Queen Latifah: “Part of the reason hip-hop was dead is because there weren’t any female emcees out, really like in the forefront of hip-hop, playing on the radio, in the daytime, every day.”



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33 Comments

  1. Critic

    Yassssss, Nicki!

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  2. Dimp-Zone

    kind of sounded like Eve was being a lil shady…or is it just me?

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  3. headphones

    I agree wit eve’s comment

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  4. dayday

    love what eve said she speaks truth

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  5. cherise

    okay i agree with phrarrell comment nicki has really reopened a door cus now record companies no that a female rapper can achieve sucess in mainstream again so they will probably start signing more nicki did reopen female rap in a mainstream sense and now that nicki out all these ppl who aint dont stuff in years is coming back out so GOOD

    and iagree with ludacris and sorta agree with eve on the fact that nicki is more just of a fun goofy female rapper right nw but i believe that on nicki abulm she is going to give us different sides of her so i dont believe eve should try to put her is a “certain type of entertainer” box yet before we even hear her abulm if you know nicki you would know she can make sing rap make fun serious pop hip hop rock she is a very versitle artist so eve to say she is a certain type eve most nt have heard alot of her stuff i mean eve sed before nicki was too super nice as shit but she never listened to her music now she acting like she knows all about what nicki is cabple of ….but i do agree we need more females rappers if they would stop acting so pity the the crab in the bucket attuide it would be good and all get along like the males rappers be doing

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  6. J

    Nicki FTW!!!!

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  7. Kyle

    Surprisingly, I really agree with 50 Cent’s comment the most. Nicki came out at a good time when Lil Wayne started pushing his Young Money crew and people were looking for a female to relate with. Honestly I don’t know if Nicki could have done it without Lil Wayne. I agree with Eve too and I don’t think she was throwing shade, she is just speaking the truth.

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  8. wait... wat the fuck?!

    Yea the blog is coo…. How ever, how dare u lie and say since missy’s 2002 hit when it was LIL KIMS 2003 MAJIC STICK SINGLE! (That actually stayed #1 longer by 2 weeks) Hatin ass bitch… Love nicki* much luv… Baby girls a winner!

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  9. wtf

    Lol, yea this site is coo… How ever… How dare you lie and say since missys 2002 track when in all reality it was THE QUEEN BEE’S 2003 SINGLE MAJIC STICK!(Which accually stayed #1 two weeks longer than “your love”. Haten ass bitches. Love Nicki tho* much love. Baby girls a winner!

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  10. (:`

    @wtf it was since missy’s cuz lil kim had 50 cent featuring read the article right. “…first song by a female artist UNACCOMPANIED”

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  11. DRB

    Why is Eve mentioning the notorious non-active Lauryn?

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  12. eman25

    if u thnk bout it. nicki has opened the door 4 many females n males. in atl there HUNDREDS of new female rappers. smh.

    n eve was right the 3 frontiers on female rap is eve, nicki, n lauryn. all 3 diff styles n appeal to diff. audiences.
    nicki=fun,entertainer,unerversal/pop rap
    eve=hardcore rape
    lauryn= gr8st, soulful, powerful rap

    in my opinion those are the only 3 i need lol

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  13. WOW

    I agree with Eve

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  14. youamuseme

    I’m surprise at 50′s comment and I agree with both 50 and Eve’s comment. She wasn’t throwing any shade and Nicki does not represent every female. She was just stating how Nicki is a specific type of entertainer. Nicki isn’t a hardcore or gangster rapper. That was she was referring to. The only person I didn’t agree with was Ludacris. Maybe, if he elaborate more than maybe I can understand his statement because I don’t see it.

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  15. monica

    nicki is the truth so yall need to bag off!!!!

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  16. WOW

    @monica – stop playin youself a$$ kisser
    @youamuseme – good comment

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  17. truth718

    im sorry bout nicki has not change my opinion on her lyrical ability and gimmick as a artist. shes not bringing anything new to the table that hasnt already been seen (in my opinion) i do wish her the best in her career, but i dont see me being a fan of her music ever!!

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  18. wtf

    @smiley face #fail. Feature or not its single catagorized. And lol @ you takin her single that serious and its a sample! NUFF SAID

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  20. GeeGee

    +1 for Eve.

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  21. maxi Lopez

    wel i think nicki deserves every single bit of credit at this point in time cuz honestly no matter how hard i strain myself to look for a comparison, i just don’t see anyone, is like they all haunted. smh funny to realize that the disgruntle worn out ones making noise are stil tryna keep their heads above water or perhaps just dnt kn where to find the mojos anymore.

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  22. Sly B.

    What eve said.

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  23. A Realist

    I agree wholeheartedly with Eve. Nicki isn’t for everyone, so I wish people who didn’t like her would quit trashing her and find another female to look up to. -_-

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  24. philly11

    I completely agree with what Eve said because i can only get into some of the stuff Nicki does…because when I want to hear some shit I can relate to I go throw on Eve first album, Foxy album, Mc Lyte joint, and if I wanna pop lock or something I throw on that Missy album…so I totally understand where Eve is coming from…

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  25. Taybee(Ranoey)

    When I first read this, I agreed all the way with Eve, but now I have doubts. I dont think that people should box nicki in a catagory already. Which is why I agreed with Eve to an extent. Nicki said that her album will connect with alot of women and it speaks volumes, which is a side that I haven’t experienced from nicki minaj before. I can say that we can truly judge her once her album comes out. Verses are meant to be fun and memorable, and sometimes song killers (in a good way)which is what nicki has done for us. The same thing happened with drake when he first came out you know? I agree everyone isn’t going to like nicki, everyone has their own tastes. But we will see the TRUE nicki minaj on november 23. Just stay tuned for her next single which is to come out soon :)

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  26. Taybee(Ranoey)

    Another note, it seems as if every time a female rapper comes out, hip-hop is reborn in a way. And since it’s reborn, more females can come. (<- pretty much summarizes what some of them were saying). Eve is right about hip-hop needing more females, because its virtually impossible for one female rapper to represent EVERYONE. And I believe that's why nicki receives so much hate because she's not for everyone. However, I do believe that once nicki's album comes out she's going to turn some heads. And she will relate to more people :)

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  27. Taybee(Ranoey)

    Music has changed and I believe alot of old artists are finding it very hard to try to come back out. Rap is so much more popular than what it used to be so its on the level as other music genres. Which I believe is a reason why grumpy old lil kim still hasn’t come out with anything even though she’s bashing nicki.

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  28. WRONG

    @wtf it is big diffrence in a solo single and a collabortion (a collbo has alot of help you get that persons fans too) and and btw magic stick only spent like 5 weeks and your love is on its 8 week as #1

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  29. annie hardknox hip hip hop

    oh yes i agree with e.v.e and da queen– holla at Annie 50 know im hot ask em check me out on youtube theres a million females out here N.C. made cause shes hot as hell most def shes from my part of town dat alone speaks for its self another notch under her belt uh-ha i rep da X ta south side. Success Or Death ahk

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  30. annie hardknox hip hip hop

    oh and um 50 Im da head not da tailI gotta crew of femcees HOT lol

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  31. AHK

    OK EVE N DA QUEEN MY 1ST COMMENT ALL MESSED UP I AGREE WIT THEM. 50 WAT HAPPEN BOY WAIT TIL HE GET A LOAD OF ME. YO I ALWAYS THOUGHT DA GAME NEEDED FEMALE RAPPERS RIGHT B4 EVE CAME OUT STILL TO THIS DAY NICKI CANT TAKE HERE PLACE IN DESE STREETS TRUTHLY SPEAKIN AND N.M. IS REAL REAL GOOD THOUGHT I LOVE HER MUSIC SHE GOT DAT SOUTH SIDE SPIRIT AND SHES BETTER THAN DRAKE HANDS DOWN BRO

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  32. STRAIGHT NICKI MINAJ FAN

    I AM HARDCORE NICKI FAN BUT I GOT TO AGREE WITH EVE IMEAN NICKI ISNT FOR EVERYBODY SHES FOR SOME PEOPLE SPECIFICALLY YOUNGER PEOPLE SHE NEEDS TO GET MORE REALISTIC AND EMOTIONAL ABOUT HER MUSIC SO PEOPLE CAN TAKE HER SERIOUSLY

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  33. Kelly

    Eve sort of threw herself in there casually. Uh, she never was all that. A couple of records is not enough to make you stand out. She has to do more though she is almost on Lil Kim status (insignificant). I think Eve thinks she’s got serious skills that no one else has. Ego on a chick’s brain or maybe some good vagina, lmao. Eve reminds me of Kelis who takes other’s styles and thinks she’s original.

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