It was all smiles and giggles at the Roseland Ballroom Monday night in NYC. As Nicki Minaj brought out friends and label mates to perform with her on one of the last nights of her Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded World Tour, the rapper seemed giddy and grateful to be Hip Hop’s Grand Damme.
Nicki SEEMED humble when she stopped to praise fellow performer and once-hot raptress Foxy Brown for being one of the most influential females in her brief rap career. This was BIG…HUGE expecially since Nicki Minaj is known for throwing lyrical blows at female rappers NOT applauding them for a job well done.
Before Foxy’s breathless performance of a few hits, Nicki stopped to say the following to and about the Queens-repping rapper:
“I really wanna thank you for being one of my biggest influences in the game.”
She later told MTV:
“I never really told Foxy how much she has influenced me and how much she changed my life, and you’ve gotta tell people that when they’re alive to even be able to take the compliment, instead of paying tribute to them when they’re no longer here,” Nicki explained, in a very honest moment. “I never really knew how she felt about me — in the industry, with women, you kinda just tread lightly — and I’m glad I was able to finally come out and say: ‘You were the most influential female rapper to me.’ “
“For her to be on my stage, it was emotional, and she was emotional,” Nicki said. “This is what this is really about. When you get where you have arrived to, you give thanks to people who opened those doors and triggered something in your mind. When I found out Foxy Brown was from Trinidad, that did something to me. In my mind, I felt like I could be proud of where I’m from.”
While most of you probably felt Nicki and Foxy’s onstage collaboration was a move in a positive, light-filled direction; WE KNOW better. Nicki bringing Foxy Brown onstage Monday night was Nicki’s latest “use” OR mis-use we should say, of a performer’s/professional’s talent.
Can we prove our point? Y’all already know! This is Lady Hip Hop D*MMIT!
We dug up an interview Nicki gave to VLAD TV a few years back in which Nicki calls Lauryn Hill (NOT FOXY BROWN) one of the female rappers she admires.
Nicki is asked specifically to name “3 females you admire…and if you could have a career like them…who would they be?” Nicki responds, “Absolutely nobody!” When she’s asked to name a rapper who she “admires” Nicki answers hesistantly–”Lauryn Hill.”
Nicki goes on to list actress Jada Pinkett Smith and singer Natasha Bedingfield as other women she admires (professionally).
Where is Foxy Brown in that?
Nicki Minaj has a history of using people and then discarding them once she’s squeezed from them all that she can get. Just ask her Original Music Sponsor FENDI! And if you don’t buy his claims, just ask her former managers Deb Antney or Diddy if the chick is loyal!
Poor Foxy Brown, what she thinks is a new friend is REALLY JUST Nicki Minaj!!!
What do you think of Nicki’s “use” of Foxy Brown?