Nicki Minaj On Cultural Appropriation, Becoming A Boss, Being Unapologetic & More | TIME 100 | TIME

Nicki Minaj On Cultural Appropriation, Becoming A Boss, Being Unapologetic & More | TIME 100 | TIME


I think, before I could remember
wanting to do anything else, I knew that I wanted to be in charge. As a child, my mother didn’t have a job
where she was the boss. And I always looked at that
and wished that she was the boss and that she did make her own rules. So from very early on,
I felt like you know what? Whatever I do, one day,
I want to be more in charge of my business. Two of the things that
I wanted to leave behind was that: I write my own raps. A man doesn’t have
to write down your thoughts. You’re intelligent enough
to write down your own thoughts. And number two, I would become a mogul. It’s Nicki Minaj. Dirty Money.
Holla at your girl. Thanks for the love.
I really do appreciate it. I exceeded every expectation
I think people had for a “rapper”. I think black women are
held to higher standards. A lot of pop culture takes from… black culture. And oftentimes doesn’t really
say they got it from black culture. You know magazines are acting like
they’re just being done for the first time because it’s on a white woman’s head,
or it’s on a white woman’s body. And you have to get used to
living in a world that… doesn’t even acknowledge
that you did certain things. One thing I learned
along the way in business, is the… necessity for you to be… unapologetic about asking for
how much money you deserve. At a very early stage in my rap career,
I was making six figures for shows. If I heard there was
another rapper making that, I thought, you know what?
I get out there and command a crowd. I get out there and make my fans happy. I want that too. And I think women have the tendency
to feel that they shouldn’t ask to be compensated as much as a man
doing the same, exact thing. If know you’re great at what you do,
don’t ever be ashamed to ask for the top dollar in your field. ♪ I’m feeling myself ♪ ♪ I’m feeling myself ♪ ♪ I’m feeling my- ♪ ♪ Feeling myself ♪ ♪ I’m feeling myself ♪ I actually remixed “Flawless” with Beyoncé. Whenever I do something with her,
I can feel the impact. It just feels like… young women are being
empowered and inspired. Because I think it says a lot when you see
two young women at the top of their field —whether they’re black or white. It just means a lot when you see them
owning who they are and owning the business
and owning the industry and not taking “no” for an answer
and not being apologetic for who they are. I think that it inspires women:
young, old, black, white, whatever.

100 thoughts on “Nicki Minaj On Cultural Appropriation, Becoming A Boss, Being Unapologetic & More | TIME 100 | TIME

  1. I cannot believe that shes doing this interview talking about how black culture is being appropriated (by white people) with BLONDE HAIR. in several of her clips she has straightened hair, and or bangs, that's not "black culture".

  2. I'm just here to listen and see this Nubian queen talk about cultural Appropriation while wearing a blond wig and sporting a prosthetically contoured nose. Not judging… I'm just totally interested in what this is about and her thoughts on it.

  3. it's true she had some shit to say in this video but also it comes to my attention that although she is not ok with a white girl wearing a black hairstyle, she puts chopsticks in her buns??.. and uses aspects of Chinese culture as her stage props??? so appropriation is okay as long as it's not appropriating black culture? tf

  4. Bitch so you’re telling me that blonde ass weave and your chun-li video ain’t cultural appropriation. Because we all know you don’t got a blonde hair anywhere on your body

  5. So everybody should be allowed to do as they wish with their body. You are just as guilty of cultural appropriation as the people you are talking about. You wear blonde wig and some white get to wear dreaklocks. You’ll live

  6. Is nicki Minaj really complaining about cultural appropriation when she is technically cultural appropriating white People? Secondly no one doesn’t recognize nicki, or Beyoncé or any other black females accomplishments in her industry. What is she talking about?

  7. Nickis a lil bit of a hypocrite if she believes culture appropriation exists lmao. She literally has a new single called chun li

  8. According to Nicki Minaj a white woman with braided hair IS engaged in cultural appropriation but a black woman with straightened blond hair as Nicking Minaj is rocking in this video is NOT engaging in cultural appropriation. This makes no sense.

    Truth is we borrow from each others culture and borrowing is a sign of admiration of somebody else.

  9. Braids have never been on trend for white women outside of the US but she's got no room to talk when she's wearing bottle blonde on her head.

  10. nobody owns anything based off their skincolor. nobody is privileged more than another. how racist/prejudice can people get nowadays. even after all of what mlk did. we still hating people based off their racecolor ethnicitynationality religion etc. but people seem 2 4get that all these labels were made 2divide &conquer us. we all mixed w/a whole lotta shit. we r all connected &related &share the same dna. no matter how much we pay ancestry.com.

    dreadlocks braidsclothesetc were worn by ALL cultures. its written in the historybks. so get ur facts straight!! the black community is breeding a disgusting culture. & its sad how the next generation. will grow up the same way living life. feeling victimized, &defensive over every damn thing. dont u all kno that pity march aint getting u nowhere.

  11. I know she's doing her thing and stuff you can never forget your true self there is a light and everybody and these are some wise words..

  12. Cultural appropriation isn't a thing, we all have the human right to wear whatever we want. I really like Nicki but I honestly disagree with her. How can you say it's cultural appropriation if a white person wears something that is "from" black culture, but then turn around and have an entire song and music video that is based on Chinese culture (Chun-Li).

  13. Cultural minorities have been appropriating throughout history to look like white people due to force… not because they necessarily wanted to. They have been forced to appropriate in history and even now because they could not get a job with curly hair, dreadlocks or braids and were made fun of on an extreme level or even killed for their natural ways and features.

    Now it has become a high fashion to have braids but only white people are being praised but someone from a different ethnicity does it and it's considered ghetto or isn't recognized at the same value as when a white person does it. Even though black people have been doing these styles for centuries and have been made fun of for it, lost their job, etc.. and now when white people do it, it's considered trendy and cool.

    Cultural minorities have been forced to appropriate to white culture to survive. Please be respectful! People are suffering in the streets and people are adopting their unique hairstyles, fancy nails, twerking techniques, ways of rapping, (there's also a long history of African American rock music being practically copied with no credit given what so ever) etc. but are not educated to recognize the long history behind this. People are injecting their lips and I remember even when I was a kid someone told me that people are racist to black people because they have big lips. I remember being confused by that. People are adopting these traits and are not recognizing where it comes from and at the same time are doing nothing to help those that are suffering.

    Their culture is being stolen and yet so many are suffering in the streets. Wow, I started typing and couldn't stop. Let me know what you think!

  14. Ok I love her she is queen, her music is life, but sometimes she's a little rude. 🙁 But i wish wasn't at times, she would be so amazing( more then she already is) if she was just some what nicer! I love her so much im not hater!

  15. We is all human, blacks did not make braids, humans did, asians did not invent tattoos, humans did, whites didnt make cars and all that stuff, humans did, we are all the same! we are human, so why is it so fucking hard for people to understand that everyone is the same race. Think of it this way, Adam and Eve(or whatever they are or who ever they are from what ever religion) they had babies, and those babies some day had babies, and kept duplicating and still are today. So technically we are all related. And have you ever treated somebody disrespectfully, think of it this way, you wouldn't wanna be disrespectful towards a family member, so whoever you treat disrespectfully your being disrespectful towards a relative.

    Tbh i hope this helped some people, and i should not have to say that. smh

  16. Talk about cultural appropriation, but how many beautiful black artists be bleachin their skin!!??? Come on now. Take several seats. Nicki was darker when she started. FACTS. Hypocrisy is thrivin.

  17. Shouldn't we try to respect everyones look? I would like to see how we all learn from each other in a peaceful way. Not only this trending stuff, I also mean maybe other ways of looks like e.g. subcultures ( punk, goth etc. ). In addition I really can't understand how people can even judge one by their looks. This oppression stuff is so not necessary.. urgh

  18. Puppet of anit-cultural politics, singing about asses, drugs and freedom of doing anything stupid that young people can possibly imagine, talks and teaches. Very scary.

  19. I like Nicki & I think shes highly intelligent as well as insightful. As a mix "breed" I often become torn about where I fit in. I am half Korean and half Caucasian. So I'm grateful she acknowledged the "doesnt matter if your black or white" & that she wants encourage people no matter if they're black or white. 👏👏

  20. One thing I ALWAYS LOVED about her is that she WANTED to be IN CHARGE she knew that her being in charge of her image and how she makes her self look was going to take her to the top these labels are too busy making these black artist look like air heads

  21. Cultural appropriation does not exist otherwise Nikki Minaj would not be wearing a blonde wig right here. And you wouldn't be eating any Chinese food if you weren't Chinese.

  22. Nicki has Asian roots in her for those who say she engages in cultural appropriation. She doesn't she's appreciating the side of her that has ancestors from India. If you're from the Caribbean you would know that Nicki is what we call a "dougla" a blend of African and Indian/ Asian ancestry. She knows what she does.

  23. Is Nicki black. Cause I thought the bitch was wanna be plastic Barbie. A fake Sistah. Real bad girls are borm with it. We come out the womb stacked.

  24. No such thing as black culture in America the only people's in the Americas with a culture are the native Americans everyone else is an immigrant grasping at straws this chick and her whole hip hop rap gangster culture was stolen from Hispanic and Mexican gangs that were already established in the neighborhoods that blacks moved into after slavery and segregation

  25. People tell me I should try to understand why Appropriation is such a big deal, I tell them I don't have to try to understand shit. #notsorry.

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