News: Trina Nominates Nicki Minaj For "Hottest In The Game" Honors, "She Deserves The Respect"
Wednesday, Oct 14, 2009 2:35PM
Southern rapper Trina recently shared her opinion on MTV's widely-talked about Hottest In The Game 2009 list and said Lil Wayne protege Nicki Minaj should have been considered.
Feeling the list is overly populated by males, Trina spoke up for Minaj.
"I expect that, because the industry is male dominated," Trina said about the male dominance. "It's just too many guys. You got Jay-Z, Nas, Lil Wayne, Ludacris, T.I., Young Jeezy, Soulja Boy, Rick Ross, and you got 10 MCs. Where are you going to put a girl? She definitely deserves the respect. She doesn't have an album out or sold any records, but it's more so about the passion and the response she gets from the listeners. To see her pave her way from nothing to come up to be a topic or a name. You give that respect to the person coming up making a name for themselves. That's just real talk. I don't pull any punches. People say I give too much credit to people but it's not about that. It's about being real. And being real is giving props when it's due. You can't be hating or mad when you see people doing their thing." (XXL Mag)
She also vouched for female unity in the rap game earlier this year.
"It gets me because I know there are so many talented female MCs out there," she explained in an interview. "There's Lil' Kim, Missy, Eve and all these beautiful women. They have all made great albums in the past. I just wish we had the same type of relationship as the guys. I think as women we are little more emotional; we have egos. That's what's making female rap smaller and smaller. After so long you just get tired of wishing about stuff." (VIBE)
While not dissing artists who made the list like Rick Ross or Fabolous, Jadakiss laughingly admitted to knowing his "hot" status despite not making the final cut for 2009.
"Yeah you know, I don't really get tied up with that," Kiss explained in an interview. "Everybody who's on that list, I'm on they list. Not to cut you off, I'll tell you what I liked. I liked 50 [Cent]'s list, what he put about the n*ggas who made the list on This Is 50 [saying MTV's Top 10 is really them.] That was hard." (G-Unit Radio)
Jay-Z, who landed at No. 1, questioned MTV about Eminem's absence from the 2009 list.
"Sidebar: Kanye moment if I may ... Eminem?!?! I think you do the credibility of this list a disservice if you don't thoroughly explain his omission. As of this second he has the highest selling rap album of the year and a scene stealing verse on the best 'posse' cut of the year . (*Hands mic back to Taylor Swift ... and nobody was harmed, I apologize in advance.)" (Rap Radar)
Check out a recent Nicki Minaj freestyle below: