NEWS: Nicki Minaj Thinks Black Artists Like Kanye West Are Afraid To Take Political Stances
Nicki Minaj Thinks Black Artists Like Kanye West Are Afraid To Take Political Stances
In times of crisis, there are always cries for artists to be more vocal—even when there is an abundance of gripping protest music.
Nicki Minaj has the answers, Sway. In a new feature story for Rolling Stone, Minaj addresses head-on the hesitancy for some black performers to take political stances. “[L]ook what happened to Kanye,” she points out, referring to West’s infamous claim that then-President George W. Bush “doesn’t care about black people” during a Hurricane Katrina telethon.
“People told him to apologize to Bush!” Minaj continued. “He was the unofficial spokesman for hip-hop, and he got torn apart. And now you haven’t heard him speaking about these [murders and non-indictments], and it’s sad. Because how many times can you be made to feel horrible for caring about your people?”
In the story, Minaj also touches on the abortion that has “haunted” her all her life, her working relationship with West, and promoting positive body images for young girls.