Nicki Minaj sat with London-based Zane Lowe earlier today and dropped some bombs about the making of “MotorSport” and her feelings about Cardi B, all of which is covered in great detail here. At the same time, Minaj took time to call out four female rappers whose talent she appreciates and who have shown her “genuine love,” name checking Ms. Banks, Kash Doll, Asian Doll and Maliibu Miitch.
She also recognized Azealia Banks, stating, “And I know Azealia Banks, she’s said some incredibly nasty things about me in the past, but she’s publicly apologized and I don’t hold grudges. When people apologize and admit, apologize they’re wrong, I move on. And also Azealia Bank’s new record is dope.”
To catch you up on Minaj’s faves, check out a quick bio on each plus their most recent musical drop below.
Ms. Banks: London-born and based, she’s racked up collabos with Stefflon Don, Stormzy and JME. Minaj has praised Banks in the past, calling out her bars in December 2017 on a remix of “Yu Zimme, “a track by Stylo G. In response to the call out, Banks wrote on Twitter, “Nicki Minaj is a real one don’t speak on the queens name !!!!”
Kash Doll: Detroit-native Kash Doll started out an exotic dancer and transitioned into rap in 2014. She dropped her first mixtape, “Keisha Vs. Kash Doll” in 2015, a well-received body of work featuring features from Zaytoven, Trina, Lyrica Anderson and B.O.B. Her video “For Everybody” played off of the film Belly with Doll cleverly taking on the role of both lead female characters, Keinna and Keisha. In a short and sweet tweet, Kash wrote, “Y’all been knew i fuck with Nicki though,” following the Minaj interview.
“These Boys are the Same”
Asian Doll: born in Dallas, Doll is known for her feisty approach and her rainbow-colored hair. The timing of Minaj’s shout out couldn’t have been better given Doll just released new single, “These Boys Are the Same.” Doll was effusive about the praise from Minaj writing on Twitter, “I wanna cry so bad right now I worked so hard & for my idol to shout me out means so much to me THANK YOU @NICKIMINAJ ”
Maliibu Miitch; a Bronx-native and Atlantic Records signee, Miitch first turned heads with her remixes of ’90s rap classics. The timing of the Minaj seal of approval works for Miitch, too, because she announced on social media yesterday (April 11, 2018) she’s dropping a new single on Friday. Both Native New Yorkers, receiving a co-sign from Minaj was a major moment for Miitch, who wrote (or more accurately shouted to the roof tops) on Twitter, “Fukkk outtah here ibeen waitin 7years !!!!!! 7fukkkin years for anii artist o2 show me love and acknowlede ifukkkin exist then here comes Nicki !!!! Smdddddd ima make a million fukkin videos screamin frm tha top ov my lungs !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sukkkk myyyy dickkkkkkkkkkkkkkk.”
Azealia Banks: Harlem’s own needs NO introduction and while Banks’ latest single, “Anna Wintour,” is indeed praise-worthy, given how hard Banks has slammed Cardi B as of late, the fact that Minaj has forgiven her reads like a very classic case of the enemy of my enemy is my friend. Writing a note of thanks on Instagram, Banks called out their shared alma mater, Manhattan’s LaGuardia High School aka “The Fame School,” writing, “thank you so much for this compliment . Now let’s show this industry what that laguardia DO!!!”