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Nicki Minaj opens up about colorism in the music industry

“Women have to work extra harder in any field,” the New York native said.

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Nicki Minaj is sharing her thoughts on colorism in the music industry.

During a recent interview with her former manager, Big Fendi, Minaj responded to the accusation that she made it harder for brown-skinned girls to become successful in the music industry. “You set a bar for brown-skinned chicks to be like — ‘cause a lotta chicks at that time was like, ‘Oh wow, well, Nicki poppin’ right now. I gotta be at least trying to catch up to look like her somewhat,’” Fendi said to his former client.

After hearing Fendi’s thoughts, Minaj expressed her views on the topic at hand. “Well, I will say dark-skinned and brown-skinned women have to work extra harder in any field. Just like how I feel being black, a black woman,” Minaj said.

She continued, “I feel like, if a white woman and me was going into the same job at Wall Street, I feel like I wouldn’t get the job off the rip just because of me being black, unless I was double and triple times smarter than her or double and triple times better than her.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Minaj dished that she is working on new music. The upcoming project will serve as a follow-up to her album Queen, which she dropped in August of 2018. The New York native also explained that she is working on her label.

“I am working on my label and, yes, I am,” she gushed. “Even with the [Megatron] challenge I was doing for my song, I spotted a bunch of girls rapping rapping and from New York. They was reminding me of myself and they was reminding me of the come up era. So, yes, I definitely right now am looking for talent. Female rap, male rap, female singers, male singers. Everybody. I really am. I’m willing to do it now.”

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