Minaj went on a Twitter rant last night to address the rumors. "The media puts words in my mouth all the time and this is no different," she began. "I will always take a stance on women writing b/c I believe in us!" And, thus began her seven-Tweet-long address.
I believe we're smart enough to write down our own thoughts and perspective, just like the men do. I've been saying this for 5 YEARS— PillsNPotions (@NICKIMINAJ) July 2, 2014
I fell in love with Lauryn Hill b/c I knew she was the author behind those amazingly profound and articulated songs on the MisEducation— PillsNPotions (@NICKIMINAJ) July 2, 2014
I wondered how Lauryn tapped into my brain and wrote an album on love, betrayal, passion, pain, triumph, brokenness.... Did she read minds?— PillsNPotions (@NICKIMINAJ) July 2, 2014
It's the same reason I have a different level of respect for Missy. I know she's a writer and a producer. Women MUST aspire for more.— PillsNPotions (@NICKIMINAJ) July 2, 2014
I've congratulated Iggy on the success of Fancy, publicly. She should be very proud of that. All the women nominated should b proud.— PillsNPotions (@NICKIMINAJ) July 2, 2014
That will never change my desire to motivate women to write. Our voices have to be heard. I hope I inspire up & coming females to do that.— PillsNPotions (@NICKIMINAJ) July 2, 2014
Minaj's defense of authorship didn't address whether she was dissing Azalea. And, perhaps, it doesn't have to. Whether Azalea works with ghostwriters doesn't take away from her success. Minaj's agenda isn't to take her down or start a better-than-thou feud. It's about encouraging more females to speak their minds rather than the words of some producer. Azalea's response to the matter followed suit.
She then followed it up with two Tweets that piggyback off Minaj's hopes for more female representation in the hip-hop and rap fields.
Also, just wanna say I think it's dope that there was even a debate & conversation about who would win "best female rapper" this year.— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) July 2, 2014
Usually I feel like the award is overlooked. I'm happy there was anticipation in regards to who'd get it & congrats to nicki for winning.— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) July 2, 2014
Consider this case of the shade that maybe never was closed. Unless, of course, Minaj's forthcoming Pink Print album features some grade-A lyrical disses. Keep them sunnies out just in case.
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