Nicki Minaj’s Interview with the New York Times, Speaks on Racial Issues

We all remember that time Nicki Minaj called out Miley Cyrus on the 2015 VMAs right? The beef stemmed from Cyrus saying some, not-so-nice things about Minaj regarding her dispute with Taylor Swift about the MTV VMA nominations.

Cyrus  basically got her card pulled on national television when Minaj checked her on the VMAS.

The rap diva hasn’t elaborated on the situation, until now. In Nicki Minaj’s interview with the New York Times, she dished on the beef between her and the “Wrecking Ball” singer. Turns out it’s deeper than the typical “well she said this about me” situation, she spoke on racial issues.

Minaj stated:

“You’re in videos with black men, and you’re bringing out black women on your stages, but you don’t want to know how black women feel about something that’s so important? Come on, you can’t want the good without the bad. If you want to enjoy our culture and our lifestyle, bond with us, dance with us, have fun with us, twerk with us, rap with us, then you should also want to know what affects us, what is bothering us, what we feel is unfair to us. You shouldn’t not want to know that.”

It may be a hard pill for someone involved in pop culture to swallow, but isn’t this true? Black culture and hip hop have influence the rest of the world in so many ways, but have yet to get credit for it.

From the music played in movies (take the numerous Jay Z songs for instance, The Hangover 2) to TV commercials (think the Kia commercial with the Hamsters), hip hop has a HUGE influence when it comes to trends. Whether corporate America and mainstream media want to admit it or not, there is an ode to hip hop that is long overdue.

Do you think Nicki Minaj has a point when it comes to pop culture embracing hip hop trends without going all-in when it comes to the culture as a whole? If you enjoy twerking should you also be involved in the social issues that come with swagger jacking hip hop trends?

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