Mount Rushmore 2010s debate tries to rule out Nicki Minaj’s influence

Another Nicki Minaj centered debate sparks up on Twitter about 2010s most impactful Hip-Hop artists.

What is this, the millionth time Nicki Minaj doesn’t get the credit she’s due? What is it about Nicki Minaj that gets people so uncomfortable? Is this what being one of the greatest rappers of all time feels like? By constantly being put under a microscope on every “Hip Hop” debate. And yes, I placed those commas on purpose. In view of that, some of these “Hip Hop” discussions are perpetually initiated by “Hip-Hop heads” that always invalidate a female rapper’s influence. Supposing that female rappers should keep away from and feel as if they have to hide when these debates occur. 

Just a few days ago, a topic I thought had been concluded by the public reignited on Twitter feeds. As you will remember, last year one of Spotify’s biggest playlists RapCaviar crowned Nicki Minaj, Drake, J. Cole, and Kendrick Lamar 2010s Hip Hop Mount Rushmore heavyweights. Then Rap-Up did a full coverage of this social media uproar discussion. The article said this, “Nicki Minaj has earned the fourth and final spot on the Spotify x RapCaviar Mount Rushmore of the 2010s.” 

What did Nicki Minaj Influence?

When Nicki fast-tracked to her mainstream career with her debut album, Pink Friday. She instantly obliterated the rules of how a female MC has to sound on a rap album. Prior to her debut release, it had been a while since a female rapper released music. Nicki Minaj took a stand and became the face of music.

Her music crossed over various genres such as pop, techno, reggae, R&B, and EDM. If we’re being honest, she unintentionally competed with big pop stars and veterans in Hip-Hop. Nicki Minaj transformed the definition of a female rapper into the mainstream. By putting in the work to become a mogul, a brand. In one of her lyrics, she says, “Nicki ain’t a rapper, Nicki is a brander.” These words have stood the test of time. She headlined her own tours worldwide, broke countless musical charts, had more Billboard Top 100 entries than some of the male rappers, and topped Forbes Richest List every year to this day. For goodness’ sake, Nicki Minaj still holds the title of “the best-selling female rapper” 13 years into the music industry. How else can a person prove oneself?

The Re-heated Mount Rushmore debate

Nearly a year later, we are back to this conversation. Why are we reheating this debate? A tweet from Dreamville fan pages said, “Who’s the fourth?.” The list had Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and J. Cole. The tweet then said Big Sean deserves the spot. Not to invalidate Big Sean’s influence in the game, but compared to Nicki’s discography–it’s not close. Let’s not forget that in 2015, HipHopDX shared an article that mentioned “The Four Kings of Hip-Hop” which had Kanye, Drake, Kendrick, and Nicki. The article said, “yes she out-rapped everyone on “Monster,” and you have a formidable resume. Coupled with labelmate Drake they were able to carry the banner for Young Money into a second decade-long after the heyday of Birdman and Wayne.

Last year, once the debate had settled, Nicki became the 4th contender. There were murals in multiple states of America. It was clear the GP was content with the ‌outcome. The recent tweet split Twitter into two groups: people agreeing with the tweet, and those against it. A content creator and music enthusiast Bobby Foster uploaded a video on TikTok and said, “Why am I seeing this? We already went over this.” 

He then continued, “It is obviously Nicki Minaj. Everything she’s done for Hip-Hop, female rap.” I couldn’t agree more. I think some blogs, or rather “Hip-Hop” centered websites, crave clout so they have these boring, repetitive, redundant conversations repeatedly. We’re tired, please. We need high-quality hip-hop journalism. Let’s dead this conversation already. 

Works Cited

“Bobby Foster on TikTok.” TikTok 

Twitter, 1 June 2021

“Https://Twitter.com/Teamdreamville/Status/1528785655597174784.” Twitter, twitter.com/TeamDreamville/status/1528785655597174784.

“Lil Wayne (Ft. Beyoncé & Nicki Minaj) – Sweet Dreams.” Genius.com, 31 Oct. 2009, genius.com/Lil-wayne-sweet-dreams-lyrics. “Nicki Minaj Crowned 4th Artist on RapCaviar’s Mount Rushmore of 2010s.” Rap-Up, 1 June 2021

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

LATEST POSTS

The City Girls and their solo escapades

A look into the Rap Duo's Progress and Impact in the Hip-Hop Scene

Gigi Lamayne’s legendary status is already Set In Stone.

South African Female Rapper Releases a Amapiano infused Hip-Hop Album

Meet XXL’s 2022 Freshman Class 

The annual freshman intake has artists Doechii, Saucy Santana, Nardo Wick shining bright on XXL Magazine Cover.

Nicki Minaj, the first female rapper to headline Rolling Loud

Superstar Nicki Minaj breaks another record as first female rapper headliner for Rolling Loud Festival

Cardi B Argues with Hip-Hop Music Critic Over Adding her Old Songs For New Album

Cardi B's situation showcases how music labels hold on to old songs for certification success by adding them on new albums.

Nicki Minaj Booked To Headline At The iHeartRadio Music Festival

It looks like Nicki Minaj is reclaiming the entertainment industry with a booked schedule for 2022.

Nicki Minaj Making Big Mogul Moves With Recent MaximBet Deal

Nicki Minaj adds a heavyweight title as global ambassador for MaximBet to her arsenal of talents.

Santana and Latto join forces on Booty

Saucy Santana samples Beyonce’s Crazy In Love for a potential club banger with single, Booty.

Is Gamification Turning the Music Industry into a Playground?

How Gamification of music has played a role in social platforms, such as Spotify and TikTok.

Mount Rushmore 2010s debate tries to rule out Nicki Minaj’s influence

Another Nicki Minaj centered debate sparks up on Twitter about 2010s most impactful Hip-Hop artists.

Leikeli47 completes the ‘Beauty Series’ Trilogy with her ‘Shape Up’ Album

Leikeli47 completes her 'Beauty Series' Trilogy with the release of her much anticipated third album 'Shape Up'.

Monaleo and Flo Milli Gift Us Doppelgänger energy on WNH Remix 

Female Rappers Monaleo and Flo Milli bring new life to the hit song ‘We Not Humping’ with an energetic and colourful remix.

J.I.D Offers Nicki Minaj $500K For A Feature

Rapper J.I.D recently made an offer of $500,000 for a feature with Nicki Minaj whilst she was on Instagram live.

Little Simz Cancels Her Upcoming US Tour

British rapper and actress Little Simz cancels upcoming US tour, citing funding issues as an independent artist.

Saucy Santana finally walks upright by signing to music label RCA

RCA Records adds a saucy new personality to their Rap music roster by signing Florida-bred Rapper Saucy Santana.

Nicki Minaj Ignites “We Go Up” Remix Challenge amongst Female Rappers

Nicki Minaj challenged Female Rappers to record remix verses to her latest Drill release 'We Go Up' featuring Fivio Foreign.

Doechii Becomes First Female Rapper to Sign to Top Dawg Entertainment

Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) has announced Doechii has officially become the first Female Rapper to ever sign to TDE.

The world’s best Female Rap playlist – Hot Female Hip Hop (April 2022)

We've curated the hottest Female Rap tracks in the world into one playlist! This edition features Killumantii (playlist cover) and Kali.

Isaiah Rashad addresses video leak during Coachella set

During his Coachella performance Isaiah Rashad addressed leaked footage that allegedly showed him engaging in sexual acts with men.

Nicki Minaj does not owe Female Rappers a feature

Why is a collaboration with Nicki Minaj so important to newer Female Rappers, even in the second decade of her career? In this post Blessing Mukosha breaks it down.

Kendrick Lamar announces fifth studio album ‘Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers’

After a long five years Rap Royalty Kendrick Lamar has OFFICIALLY announced the release of his fifth studio album entitled

Nicki Minaj and Fivio Foreign’s ‘We Go Up’ video surpasses 1 Million YouTube Views in 12 Hours

Queen of Rap Nicki Minaj and the self-styled ‘King of New York’ Fivio Foreign‘s new video for ‘We Go Up’

Rapper IDK says that Doja Cat is in the Rap Top 5

Rapper IDK recently shared his thoughts that Doja Cat is in the Rap Top 5. Doja Cat’s Rap skills have

The Lit Mamii Maliibu Miitch has released a new track “Letter to my Ex”!

The Lit Mamii Maliibu Miitch has released a new track "Letter to my Ex"!

Ché Noir – Bless The Food Lyrics

Lyrics to "Bless The Food" by Ché Noir.

Header

Where is Nicki’s Alter-Ego, Roman Zolanski?

Who is Roman Zolanski? Like many artists, Nicki Minaj uses an alter ego to experiment and take on different emotions.

Top Ten Fashion Bars

Breaking down the flashiest bars from the flyest girls in the game.

Congress Passes Aug. 11 as “Hip Hop Celebration Day”

Last month Congress unanimously passed a bill designating Aug. 11 as “Hip Hop Celebration Day,” August 2021 as “Hip Hop

Featured Image

Tyler, the Creator Gives His 2 Cents on the Music Industry

The conversation around artists and record labels has been coming to a head recently. It seems that with Lil Nas

Top Ten Collab Predictions for Nicki Minaj’s “NM5”

In the words of one of the G.O.A.T.’s, “…the game be so boring,” did she lie? Well, having the most

Featured Image

Lil Nas X Makes a Big Splash With SNL Performance

Lil Nas X’s Saturday Night Live Performance on May 22nd tore through the media, much like his underwear did on

Featured for iHeart Radio Music Awards

Rapper Takeover at 2021 iHeartRadio Awards

Hip Hop and Rap officially enter the mainstream by taking over the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards.

Maliibu Miitch ain’t nothin to fu*k wit

Born in North Carolina but raised in the Bronx, Maliibu Miitch brings a fresh and unphased attitude to the rap game.