Nicki Minaj Reacts to ‘Queen of Hip-Hop’ Title [Video]

Nicki Minaj

Earlier this year, Rolling Stone dubbed Nicki Minaj the “New Queen of Hip-Hop.” The “Super Bass” rapper speaks to Funkmaster Flex for MTV2’s “Funk Flex Full Throttle” about being bestowed with the crown from the long-running music magazine.

“It was very, very amazing to me,” shared a humbled Nicki, who didn’t know in advance. “I was so excited ’cause they’re really respected, and then when I went on all the TV shows, they kept on saying, ‘She’s been dubbed the New Queen of Hip-Hop by Rolling Stone magazine,’ so I was like, that happened at the perfect time.”

While flattered by the honor, she doesn’t feel entitled. “I’m honored because I obviously have been working hard to get to this place,” she continued. “Whether or not I’m the queen of anything, everybody’s gonna have their own opinion and I don’t do this thinking I’m the queen of this, I’m the queen of that. I just feel like I’m working hard and I just want people to recognize that.”

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76 Comments

  1. Mr

    Queen of Hip Pop i think they ment

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    #ICan't! Reply:

    @Mr, shut the fuck up!

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    C94B Reply:

    @Mr,

    Yes I think that too.

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    BLAZE Reply:

    @C94B, Yes she’s the queen of a new hip pop era she’s not str8 hip hop so she can’t be quenn of hip hop an yes I am a fan but I speak the truth now if she stuck to her mixtape style on beam me up scooty then yeah but we will see next album it suppose to be more hip hop cause wayne didn’t listen to pink friday

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    yin-and-yang Reply:

    @BLAZE, wayne didnt listen to thank me later either and that’s hip-hop…

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    Kenny Reply:

    @yin-and-yang, Well actually it was Hip-n- B,you know half hip hop and half RnB.It wasn’t true hip hop.

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    bra Reply:

    @BLAZE, idk y y’all b talkin b nicki 4rea cus she dnt give a fck bou wat y’all sayn she. Makin her muney bt she is da nw queen of hip hop

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    Yo! Reply:

    @Mr, I agree @ Hip pop… that super bass video & track was so disappointing and I’m missing old Minaj. Selling out for mass appeal, urgh.

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  2. Jordan

    Yassssss. She is doing her thing and people are recognizing. Forget all the haters, Nicki is winning.

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  3. ...

    How can she be the new queen of hip hop when there aren’t any other female emcees out there recording? There are indie artists, for sure, but Eve’s only dipping her toe back in, Latifah’s not recorded hip hop since the 90s, Lauryn’s a mess, Foxy’s an even bigger mess, Remy Ma’s locked up, Kim would rather have twitter beef than record music, and I don’t know what the heck Missy’s doing.

    That’s kind of an empty title, no?

    That’s like annoiting Beyonce with the title of “New Queen of Artists Named Beyonce”. It’s nice and all, but if there’s no real competition there to contend with, it’s less meaningful, y’know?

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    Mwah Reply:

    @…, To me yea there no female competition but look at what shes doing against the boys people dont realize when you look at the charts and award shes been going up against men most of her features was with men and people say she took over the song .. When her cd came out she was in the top 6 of having the highest first week sales in the year 2010 and she had the highest first week sales in female history so to me they named her that because of her work with the boys and what she did in a short period of time and another thing people like kim lauryn and missy didnt get all their respect and title of being queens for going up against each other its because they were killing the guys when they get on tracks i mean kim was hanging lyrically with biggie on songs thats what got her the title queen bee so nicki got the name because of her killin guys on tracks ( except for romans revenge)

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    kiki Reply:

    @…, i agree. it’s merely label to put since she is the most recognisable commericial face now.

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    D Reply:

    @…, i think part of her being called the new queen of hip hop is the fact that she bought the female voice in hip hop music period and because of what she accomplished in such a short period of time tell me 24 entries on billboard in 1 year & 1/2 thats amazing the …i mean the only femcee one thats done more on charts than nicki is missy and that only by like 6 entries and missy came out 15 years ago nicki album didnt drop till 6 months ago

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  4. TaVonya

    Good work Nicki, you’ve come a long way! =)

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  5. Tiffany

    do your thang nicki but i think they have given this title out a little too easy, you need to werk some more years give us some proof before you get the queen title, one album is not enough for this. stop spraying them wigs as well. how come lil kim didnt get thought of. JUST SAYIN’

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    Great look Reply:

    @Tiffany, When your last studio album was 6 years ago, the crown is gone.

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    RDK Reply:

    @Great look,Kim still have her crown,ever female in the game have a crown in there own rights,nicki isn;t in kims lane she is in here own lane,why can’t nicki and kim shine at the same time,as far as i see it there isn’t only one spot,like i said before nicki is in here own lane so is kim they are queens in there own lane,nicki is a new queen base on the work she put in simple as that.

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    LaLa Reply:

    @RDK, Nicki has not put in enough work she got one album out.Y’all Nicki fans need to stop gassing her up.So male rappers that put out one album will automatically be called the King?

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    Naw Reply:

    @LaLa, i See u saying she only has one album out but saying she aint put in enough work to be called queen yea fucking right nicki is probably one of the only females who actually put in real work to get signed and get somewhere …this others just got shit handed to them*cough Kim foxy etc* literally they got they raps hAnded to them And just got handed a deal …nicki actually had to grind to get where she is

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    Naw Reply:

    @LaLa, I see u saying something about one album but saying nicki ain’t WORKED hard enough to be queen is a damn lie nicki is like the only female rapper who had to grind and work to get where she is them others *cough Kim fox* got everything handed to them literally they got their deals and raps just handed to them … Nic actually worked for her spot .she worked harder then all the others IMO

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    LaLa Reply:

    @Naw, Lil Wayne gave Nicki her record deal so your statement is one big contradiction.Every female rapper needs an Alpha-Male to get them in the game thats just the way it is.Biggie died after Kim first album and she still managed to sell three platinum albums,movie deals,and other business ventures.She worked hard without Biggie you can’t just discredit her like that.Lets see if Nicki can survive 15 years without Lil Wayne.

    Melenia Reply:

    @LaLa, I agree

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    Chance Reply:

    @LaLa, Did you ever realize that Kim got hers LITERALLY handed to her! She was fucking Biggie, thats the only way she got in. This is been proven! Kim is the Hip Hop Slut!

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    Marc Reply:

    @Chance, And who the hell do you think Ms. Minaj has modeled herself after? Lil’ Kim!!! So, she’s modeling herself after the Hip Hop slut then. Plus do you honestly believe Lil Wayne didn’t hit that? Give me a break. Oh, yea, Minaj is a lesbo, I forgot.

  6. Cmonson

    Super Bass is NOT Hip Hop thats not an opinion thats a fact. Most horrible song ive ever heard. Nicki Minaj is definately NOT Hip Hop either whoever dubbed her that is a complete dumbass smh

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    fizzle Reply:

    @Cmonson, Super Bass? the most horrible song ever? plz…..cmonson *side eye*

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    Sleazy Reply:

    @Cmonson, superbass is horrible? I cant! realy? lol that sng is HOT

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    Snide! Reply:

    @Cmonson, Super bass is hot garbage

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  7. devin

    Nicki is the only Female rapper out. She’s the Queen by default.

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    fizzle Reply:

    @devin, false….Trina is present as well. Nicki is only International Mainstream female rapper.

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  8. Wtf?

    @Mr, Pop = Lady gaga. britney etc her music is way to urban to be pop! ppl wont label sum1 hip hop when they doin pop

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  9. Wtf?

    @Cmonson, To say super bass is horrible! you either never heard it or you jst delusional! that song is hot and catchy! thats why it 6 on the itunes top 100

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    Tia Reply:

    @Wtf?, That song was wack.”I got the boom boom boom baby?” GTFOH

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    Too Much Reply:

    @Tia, Most people love it. Haters don’t.

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  10. kiki

    shame i can’t watch this is in my country but i can imagine how she said it.

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  11. queen

    Nicki answerd that good! bein queen of smethng doesn define you as an artist! nt like kim draggin the Queen tag for years! i mean a Queen always has to hand her crown over to the next one its hw it works! i thnk missy should be queen of hip hop nt kim! kim was a self proclaimd queen and ppl jst run with it! Missy should hand the crown down to nicki!

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    Jamie Reply:

    @queen, Why don’t you tell that to Jay-Z who calls himself Jehova.

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    Kevin Reply:

    @queen, In hip hop you don’t pass your crown down you have to take it.Do you think Jay-Z going to give his crown to Drake and retire.The young generation is so stupid.

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  12. Tracii Summers

    oh please.. shes the it girl right now so of course everybody is ready to call her the queen. and i love how she threw lil kim shade

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  13. Sleazy

    NICKI is the reason i like femcee’s when i 1st heard nicki on Dont stop ft wayne! i was like who is ths chick! her raps go hard anyway i startd lookn her up and lovd how unique she was the way she raps! she can rap reggae. gangstr. like a britsh etc you name it she is bad! i likd how she showd ppl a female doesn always have to rap bout se.x . d!cks etc like she showd us a emotional . sexy. angry side. and she makes sngs with meaning that motivates you! the way she writes her raps are crazy always a meaning behnd it she funny to! I LOVE NICKI and i startd listenin to TRINA She amazn 2!

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    Daniel Reply:

    @Sleazy, Nicki is a joke.”Ewy duwy cotton candy chewy.”Please.She is not a lyrics.

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    Wait Reply:

    @Daniel, Yea and can u pleases direct me too the song nicki said that in *waits* yea that what I thought nicki never actually said that in a song so #sit

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    carmen Reply:

    @Wait, LOL your comment was hilarious.

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    Cheeeaaaa Reply:

    @Daniel, LMFAO!!!!
    No air!!!

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  14. LaLa

    Nicki is not hip hop.She’s Hip Pop.She belongs in the same category with Nelly Furtado,Gwen Stefani,and Fergie.

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  15. Seriously

    Wow, While im a Nicki Fan, even I DONT agree she’s a Queen of ANYTHING, not off of ONE ALBUM, I mean Lil’ Kim at least had 5 projects, etc….I can see why her fans or even the media would dub Kim a QUEEN or even Queen Latifah, McLyte…Lauryn doesnt deserve that title either, based off of just ONE solo album..Sorry. This is a FAIL!!!!!

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    Wait Reply:

    @Seriously, U do know that Kim tittle is SELF proclaimed and she been calling herself the queen since she first came
    Out and if anyone deserves it it should be Missy not Kim or mc lyte or queen latifah and that based on actual numbers etc

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    st Reply:

    @Seriously, Albums does not detect anything ,because you can make as many albums as you like whether bought by people or not.The case is of all the albums you make how many of your songs charted? Kim has 3 solo albums and only charted 9 times while Nicki has one album but has charted more than any other female MC in history. So before rolling stone gave her that title they knew what it entails.i can go on and on as why she has the title but you either beleive it or not,NICKI MINAJ IS THE QUEEN.

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    Cheeeaaaa Reply:

    @Seriously, I feel U.
    I luv me some Nicki & I feel like she’s worked hard 2 get 2 where she is. WITH THAT SAID, I feel like she has the potential to be whatever she wants to be. Period. Anyone has that right. But so far she’s the Queen of HIP-POP singles. Grant it, her album has been successful. It’s cute. But U have 2 atleast have a timeless or classic body of work [Lauryn]atleast once & have an amazing stage show [Missy].
    She has NEITHER yet. With the amount of exposure an artist can gave these days & the way the game is now anyone can be popular. None of the other note worthy femcees had the accessibility of media & Internet utilization like she does. 2 compare is unfair. Had this been popping back in the day people like LIL ‘Kim, Missy & Lauryn [ 2 name a few] would
    have been even bigger & successful.
    Bottom line is she has a while before she is Queen of anything. Shiiii I remember Ja Rule was suppose to be the best rapper out in the early 2000′s & T-Pain was the auto-tone Christ of music.
    Times change… & titles do 2… We’ll just gave to see.

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    Cheeeaaaa Reply:

    @Cheeeaaaa, I meant HAVE to see!

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    Too Much Reply:

    @Cheeeaaaa, Hold up! Nicki worked hard for her success. Anyone can not be popular. It never been easy for females in rap.

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    Me2 Reply:

    @Too Much,
    I agree. She has worked hard [which I think @ Cheeeaaaa stated] & it hasn’t been easy for female rappers. I can see both of ya’ll points. I guess only time can tell. 4 the moment I guess she is because we have no one to put her up against.
    Just like the BET award she’s taking home June 26th, she has it by default.

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  16. Name Here

    if all her 3 mixtapes were actual albums then she would be the queen with just 1 album she is not queen yet

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  17. st

    Nicki Minaj you the queen of hip hop and anybody who thinks otherwise is nothing but a fool.Keep up girl and do your thing the crown rests on your head.

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  18. joey

    im a fan of nicki, but cant give her that off of one album…
    missy be the queen, whos with me?

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    Cheeeaaaa Reply:

    @joey, I am!

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  19. D

    i LOVe how she is humble as fuck about stuff and to me this the queen of hip-hop/hip-pop

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    Cheeeaaaa Reply:

    @D, Why wouldn’t she be humble? She’s just 1album in.
    I agree she is doing thing in Hip-Pop though.
    I luv her N-E way.

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  20. maya

    Like her but she is NOT hiphop. Hope she leaves soft Nicki in the dust for her 2nd album!

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    Mia Reply:

    @maya, I agree.

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    Shelly! Reply:

    @maya, agreeeee

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  21. andy

    QUEEN. stay ANGRY hoes!

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  22. carmen

    I think people call Nicki queen of Hip hop simply because before she blew up, the last time female rap made any noise wa slike in 2005. It’s 2011. Female rap had been silent and gone. Nicki has revived it on her on and carried it on her back all by herself. I think that’s worthy enough for a queen title regardless of what you think of her.

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  23. Jane Doe

    This is bullshit. Nicki is NOT the queen of hip hop. She’s not even a real female mc. I’m totally with not being in a box, but her music is garbage. There is no substance in her songs. Who’s gonna remember pink friday in 5 years. Nobody. We all know Nicki sucked & fucked her way to the top anyway. Queen of hip hop. GTFOH. #needsmorework

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  24. BeePLiZZXxX

    i thinkn she is the queen of the new hip hop era not old skwl so everybody stop hatin on her

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  25. Deontay

    Shes not even the queen!!!she is a goddess!!nicki has kum way 2 far & wont back down 4 any old news,hattin,jealous ass bitch!!!!!!evry song u hear now days usually got ft. Nicki minaj if i aint her own!!nicki u do ur that & let them bums blow steam,radiator!!!!KUS U BEE SHITTIN ON ‘EM!!!

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  26. Swag

    She deff is the Queen of hip hop, her numbers and everything she does proves that, she making and putting up numbers that NO OTHER FEMALE has ever done, she making history…and the fact that she can be versatile and go from hard to pop to reggae to r n b solidifies this fact… at the end of the day people are gunna hate but…just dont listen to her and the problem is solved.

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  27. Da Ma'

    I agree with almost everyones comment , yes she has no competition and really if you aint got that then all you gonna do is win , and that not fun … but onthe other hand she is killin them nigga on them track , the one she nailed was monster ( n even jay-z said something about her being the best rapper on that track) so i’m getting where ya comin from !! But at the end of the arguement !! Shes not really a queen hip-hop but a (queen hip-pop ) and you might not want to admit it but Hip-hop will never be the same agian .. that why soo many people on youtube.com are sayin the baq then music is better then the music today !! and that a all lot of truth , she’ll never get to the top where baq then , but might in our days … SOO you might call me a hater but it what i hear, see that i speek !!! Deuces

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  28. Rodrigoo

    I think shes come up pretty good.. But still i wish she wasnt so pop, i like the old nicki type, but change is always good. They shouldnt crown her queen YET, they gotta wait. But shes done great!

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  29. BADDEST BITCH

    I <3 YEWH NICKI

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  30. JB

    I like Nicki and all but I don’t think it’s fair for Rolling Stone to call her the “New Queen of Hip Hop.” I mean, Nicki’s not really hip hop anymore and there aren’t any female mc’s out. Nicki is a lyrical monster and, if she returns to hip hop, she’ll be on Eminem and Kanye’s level.

    I just wish she’d return to her roots and bring hip hop back to the mainstream.

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  31. jose

    NICKI MINAJ IS A JOKE; SHE IS NOT THE QUEEN OF ANYTHING. SHE APPEALS TO THE WHITE GIRLS AND FAGAT WHITE BOYS WHO THINK THIS IS HIP HOP. NAS SAID IT BEST HIP HOP DIED IN 2005. IT IS SO TRUE. AND ROLLING STONE YOU JUST LOST YOUR CREDIBILITY ON EVERYTHING YOU WRITE. WHATS NEXT MAKING TAYLOR SWIFT QUEEN OF RAP. LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  32. kisha palmer

    of course she is …………………anyway as the saying goes wat is for u is for u nobody cant take it away ………………..dream on this dude

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    kisha palmer Reply:

    @kisha palmer, LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS GOT TO BE A JOKE OR SOMETHING I DIDN’T BELIEVE I SED THIS O MY GOSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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  33. FckYouSaidBXTCH

    yassssss ! QUEEN !

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  34. Dwayne

    Ya’ll need to shut the fuck up!!! Nicki you are the Queen of everything :p

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