What’s the deal between rap culture and fine thick women? Multi Grammy-nominated American rapper Nicki Minaj probably knows the answer to that question.
Not that it began during their era, but from the use of supermodels and hot vixens in music videos, female Hip Hop acts like Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, Rihana have become the most aesthetically pleasing models to feature in rap videos.
In a recent interview with fellow American rapper Joe Budden, Minaj disclosed that she knew she had to transform her body after seeing the kind of ladies, label bosses Lil Wayne and Mack Maine brought to studio sessions.
“Social media was just beginning when I started so I was a lot of people’s guinea pig,” she told Budden. “I was one of the first people to be shitted on on the internet, on social media like non-fucking stop. Every day I would go on and there was some new story, made-up story, or bad picture. It wasn’t acceptable to have surgery at all or anything. At that time, I had never had surgery. I had ass shots,” she said, describing how she would go to a “random” person’s house to get them done.
“I was in Atlanta at the time and… I kept on being around [Lil] Wayne and them. At that time Wayne, he talking about big booties. Wayne would have a new chick in the studio every session, so it was always a new big booty there. They were his muses.
“But I just was around them all the time and I was like the little sister with Wayne and Mack [Maine]. … All I would hear them talking about is big butts and I didn’t feel complete or good enough—good as those girls because I’m like, ‘Oh my god, this is what you’re supposed to look like in the rap culture,’ and I don’t look like that.”
Asked if anyone would comment on her body, Nicki said, “I think they said stuff sometimes jokingly. But to a young girl or up-and-coming rapper … when it’s from someone like Lil Wayne it matters. So even if they’re joking, they don’t know that the person … is not finding it funny.”
She explained that they likely didn’t know she wasn’t confident about her body at the time. “They’re just joking. They didn’t mean any harm. But it wasn’t a joke to me.”
Now basking in the glory of her creative ingenuity and body transformation, Nicki Minaj is the fully fledged diva; a pantheon, as far as rap culture is concerned. Oh, and who wouldn’t ooze confidence with a physique like hers? .