Nicki Minaj Blasts Industry For Weak State Of Female Hip-Hop, Jess Hilarious Responds

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LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 18: Singer Nicki Minaj attends the 2014 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 18, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
The Trinidadian MC said that labels tried to replace her with subpar lyricists, but Jess believes she's part of the problem.

Nicki Minaj recently stirred up a firestorm by speaking on the current state of female hip-hop, one she feels quite disappointed by. Moreover, she recently called out the music industry for, in her opinion, signing female rappers with subpar rapping ability in order to replace her. Of course, the Trinidadian MC has a lot to say on this subject and has plenty of good reason to right now, if only for the fact that she's promoting her new album Pink Friday 2. On that album she also tears into other femcees and the hip-hop game as a whole, so she's just relaying what she already spit. But the 41-year-old definitely ruffled some feathers here and spoke on people who don't know music being authorities on it, addressing a topic that is much bigger than just her.

"Rap should sound like f***ing rap!" Nicki Minaj exploded while on air on a radio program. "That's y'all f***ing problem, and that's why all of the record labels– not all, but some– are scrambling so bad because they about to go f***ing bankrupt. 'Cause they was trying so bad to replace this one b***h. When you water something down, you lose the quality, which then loses the investors and investments. 'Cause it's not bringing back any profit.

Nicki Minaj's Comments On The State Of Female Rap; Listen

"And that is why people who do not understand rap are judging rap," Nicki Minaj continued. "Why? It's because, the same way y'all used to get mad and say, 'Hm, who's actually voting for the Grammys?' Well, guess what? You have no idea? Most people voting for most awards don't listen to that kind of music that they're voting for. Most people speaking on music don't actually listen to the kind of music they're speaking on."

Jess Hilarious Chimes In

Meanwhile, comedian, radio host, and The Breakfast Club alum Jess Hilarious had this to retort with. "But you're purposely doing FEATURES with these girls that 'can't rap,'" she wrote in the comments section of The Neighborhood Talk's coverage of Nicki's statements. "You never put somebody that can actually rap on your s**t. So you're in fact helping the labels replace you?" For more news and updates on Nicki Minaj and Jess Hilarious, stay logged into HNHH.

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Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.