Nicki Minaj gets serious for BET acceptance speech.
In a rare moment of sincerity from a typically animated personality, Nicki Minaj decided tackle some big topics in her acceptance speech at the BET awards last night (June 29). Winning "Best Female Rap Artist" for the fifth year in a row, the Young Money signee spoke on her near-death experience, why authenticity in hip-hop is important, and being a woman in a male-dominated industry. Read the full speech below:
This is always very very emotional for me. Because this is my fifth year winning this award and I donât take it for granted, I really donât.
I thank God that Iâve been placed in a position to do something and represent women in a culture that is so male-driven. and I want you to know this â I want you to know that I have an albumÂ The Pink PrintÂ thatâs coming out before the year ends. Thatâs not a plug, but itâs a plug. But my point is, what I want the world to know about Nicki Minaj is, that when you hear Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it.
No, no, no shade...I used to sit in the studio with Wayne and I would literally take sometimes three, four days to write a verse. And he was like, 'No, you canât be taking days to write no verse, you gotta write your verse right here in the studio.' And thatâs why I love him till this day. Because he pushed me to push my pen, and Iâm still one of the only emcees thatâs out here spitting metaphors and making you think. And I really donât even care if I get my credit or if I donât.Â I donât look at myself as a female rapper, because I know what I do. And I thank my fans because theyâ¦
â¦They might cut me off. This is so big. At one time black people was getting blacked out on the TV now they own their own network. This is big. This is differentâ¦
â¦I just wanna say that, the other day, literally I didnât tell anyone this, I really thought I was about to die. Like I was saying my prayers to die. And I didnât even wanna call the ambulance because I thought well if I call the ambulance, itâs gonna be on TMZ. And I would rather sit there and dieâ¦and it made me realize, I donât care what anybody gotta say. Iâma do me, Iâma do me. And I hope and pray that BET continues to honor authenticity. And thatâs all Iâm gonna say about that. Stephen I love you. It is what it is. Young Money till the death of me.
Fans have begun speculating that Minaj's quote "when you hear Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it," was taking aim at fellow nominee Iggy Azalea, who is known to use songwriters to help pen her hit singles. It should be noted that Minaj writes her music alongside other artists and, while her verses may be authentic, her chorus work may not be. "Pills n Potions," for example, credits Ester Dean and Dr. Luke in its liner notes--explaining the radio-ready chorus.