News: "[She's] The Most Influential Female Rapper Of All Time"

Monday, Apr 2, 2012 9:16AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

The Nicki Minaj accolades continue to roll in as a weekend New York Times editorial piece describes the self-proclaimed Barbie as the most influential female emcee in history.

Based on a write-up courtesy by NY Times writer Jon Caramanica, he cites tomorrow's Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded release as cementing her greatness.

BARELY a year and a half has passed since the release of "Pink Friday," the platinum debut album by Nicki Minaj, but her style is well honed. She's a sparkling rapper with a gift for comic accents and unexpected turns of phrase. She's a walking exaggeration, outsize in sound, personality and look. And she's a rapid evolver, discarding old modes as easily as adopting new ones. This hard and complex work has paid off: when she releases her second album, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded," this week, it will be as the most influential female rapper of all time. (New York Times)

He also credits Minaj for leading the way for a slew of new lady artists.

A few years ago, before her rise began, there were hardly any female rappers of note; now, a new generation, including Azealia Banks, Brianna Perry and Angel Haze, is rising quickly, working territory that she carved out. This is a story about influence, to be sure, but also about the weakening of old walls, and the reshaping of the gates that the gatekeepers keep. Thanks to Nicki Minaj and the possibilities she has laid bare, and to hip-hop's stasis of masculinity it is, outrageously and unprecedentedly, a more exciting time to be a female rapper than a male one. (New York Times)

Recently, Cash Money Records co-owner Birdman labeled Nicki as the best female rapper alive.

"I say she is, but if she's not today, within time she will be. No female ever will be able to sell more records than her, have more singles than her, have more number one singles than her, have more awards--no more nothing. She had the most singles by a female last year. Her accomplishments are gonna speak for themselves." (Complex)

In less than 24 hours, the rapper's sophomore LP will hit retail stores despite a recent leak.

It's been nearly four months since Nicki Minaj located Roman in Moscow, and it seems we haven't gone a week since without a transmission of some sort from Ms. Minaj and/or Mr. Zolanski. But not until today have we gotten to really bear witness to the Full Roman, as Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded has now leaked in its entirety--all 19 tracks and 69 minutes of Nicki alternately getting in touch with her masculine side on hard-hitting tracks courtesy of Hit-Boy and Da Internz and shooting for the stars with her Top 40-baiting RedOne and Dr. Luke cuts. (Pop Dust)

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