Is there a rivalry brewing between Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea?
If Minaj’s words at the BET Awards were any indication, it seems like a possibility!
Last night, the “Pills N Potions” rapper was honored as Best Female Hip Hop Artist for the fifth time in a row, beating out Eve, Angel Haze, Charli Baltimore and newcomer Iggy Azalea. When Minaj took the stage to accept her award, though, things got a little awkward.
After thanking the crowd, Minaj started to discuss her authenticity as an artist, and in the process, seemingly called out Iggy Azalea for not writing her own music.
“This is always very, very emotional for me. Because this is my fifth year winning this award and I don’t take it for granted. I really don’t,” Minaj began. “I thank god that I’ve 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: I want you to know that I have an album, The Pink Print, that’s coming out before the year ends. That’s not a plug, but it’s 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.”
The 31-year-old rapper then backtracked a bit, saying, “No, no, no shade. No, no, no shade,” but then continued, “I used to sit in the studio with [Lil Wayne] and I would literally take sometimes three, four days to write a verse. And he was like, ‘No, you can’t be taking days to write no verse, you gotta write your verse right here in the studio.’ And that’s why I love him ’til this day. Because he pushed me to push my pen, and I’m still one of the only emcees that’s out here spitting metaphors and making you think.”
“And I really don’t even care if I get my credit or if I don’t,” Minaj said. “I don’t look at myself as a female rapper, because I know what I do. And I thank my fans because they…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 different.”
From there, Minaj started to discuss what seemed to be a recent near-death experience which she apparently hid from the world.
“I just wanna say that, the other day, literally I didn’t tell anyone this, I really thought I was about to die,” the “Super Bass” star revealed. “Like I was saying my prayers to die. And I didn’t even wanna call the ambulance because I thought well if I call the ambulance, it’s gonna be on TMZ. And I would rather sit there and die. And it made me realize, I don’t care what anybody gotta say. I’ma do me. I’ma do me. And I hope and pray that BET continues to honor authenticity. And that’s all I’m gonna say about that. Stephen I love you. It is what it is. Young Money ’til the death of me.”
Iggy Azalea (23) has yet to address the comments and whether or not Minaj was actually talking about the “Fancy” rapper and fellow nominee remains uncertain.
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