If there's one thing hip-hop loves to debate, it's the genre's various Mount Rushmores. There's West Coast vs. East, old school vs. new school and of course, male vs. female. The latest lyricist to share their opinion on the best of the best from artists of the opposite sex is Nick Cannon, who spoke with Bootleg Kev about which women's faces he would have carved into the historic monument.
Unsurprisingly, Nicki Minaj was one of the first names to come up in conversation. "I think [she's] the female GOAT," the podcast host told his guest. "She is," Cannon wholeheartedly agreed. "First of all, let's not disrespect Nicki. [She's] a GOAT, whatever her gender is. She's one of the coldest artists in the last decade. We can't sleep on her skill, her pen, sonically. She changed the game," he insisted, the passion evident in his voice. "'Monster'? That was her record," the California native added, referring to Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy fan favourite, which also features Rick Ross.
Nick Cannon Reveals His Female Rap Mount Rushmore
"The only person, to me, that has the same level of talent, and that we should even be comparing her to, is Lauryn Hill," Cannon went on to say, bringing the Fugees starlet into the chat. "Or Missy [Elliott]," he quickly added. "Those three, that's the Mount Rushmore." Kev chimed in with some thoughts on the final addition, noting, "Missy, out of the three we just named, has my favourite music... [She] had a four or five album run that was just like, 'Jesus Christ.' And she was working with Timbaland, and helping write for f*cking Ginuwine."
Now that the interview is making rounds online, social media is calling Nick Cannon out for leaving several major players off his list. Among them are Lil' Kim, Foxy Brown, and Queen Latifah, all of whom have been huge contributors to shaping both the culture and the music industry throughout their respective careers. Which artists would we find on your female rap Mount Rushmore? Let us know in the comments, and check back later for more hip-hop news updates.