Three 6 Mafia’s DJ Paul may ruffle some feathers, as he claims that Young Money star Nicki Minaj as his all time favorite female emcee.
Along with crowning her as his fave, Paul also offered his thoughts on the rapper’s past feud with Lil Kim.
He also has a soft spot for one particular female hip-hop star. “I like Nicki Minaj. She is my favorite female rapper of all time,” DJ Paul boldly declared, weighing in on the ongoing Nicki vs. Lil’ Kim feud. “There’s enough money out here for everybody. Just have some fun with it. Both of them are good.” (Rap-Up)
In June, Boot Camp Clik’s Sean Price said that there are only a few female rappers he respects.
“I don’t like no female rappers,” Price revealed in an interview. “Not one. Not one. [Lauryn Hill?] I did [like her], but she sings all the time so I wouldn’t call her a rapper. Yeah. [Lil Kim?] I like no female rappers. Not like I don’t like them personally, they don’t hold my interest. Except MC Lyte. I haven’t bought a female album, a female rap album, since MC Lyte, [1988’s] Lyte as a Rock. I haven’t bought one since. Straight up. I like none of them. I like none of them, sir. I only like MC Lyte’s albums. Let me take that back. Rah Digga. She gets busy too. And my wife is a big Rah Digga fan too. But other than that? None of them. I’m not buying none of they albums. All of them. That’s just me.” (Vlad TV)
Last year, Def Jam VP of A&R Sha Money XL talked to SOHH about Minaj’s overall appeal.
“Nicki Minaj has set the bar so high that whoever the new female rappers is, and I’ve heard one or two females so far and they’re horrible and I’m real hard on female rappers, seriously. I ain’t with the bullsh*t, don’t come too hard, you gotta be sexy and look like Nicki Minaj and sh*t. She got it. She got, I don’t know about that Sean Garrett record, but she’s got it. That record ain’t it, she’s supposed to come harder than that. That sh*t ain’t it.” (SOHH Guest Star)
In August 2010, BET aired its first-ever original music documentary, My Mic Sounds Nice, analyzing the role of woman emcees in hip-hop.
Featuring interviews with music executives, journalists, artists (including Missy Elliott, Eve, Trina, Rah Digga, Roxanne Shante, MC Lyte, Yo Yo and Lady of Rage and Jean Grae) and Hip Hop moguls (Jermaine Dupri, Russell Simmons and Kevin Liles), the documentary “examines gender-specific differences in artistry, marketing, promotion and economics, explores why there are far fewer female than male MCs, and discusses whether there’s still a place for women in Hip Hop.” (Soul Culture)
Check out DJ Paul’s interview below: