I love both of these ladies, I really do. My top 40 most played on iTunes currently goes Super Bass, off Nicki’s debut, Pink Friday, and 212, from Azealia (and then Skinny Love by 14-year old, Birdy). It’s safe to say that between these two rappers, there’s fierce competition. Both of them are fighting through an already over-saturated market full of male rappers, scantily clad woman parading around the beach, and the radio-friendly pop songs that fill our media.
The prize – going down in history as the most influential female rapper.
First round has to go to Nicki Minaj. She was first out of the gate, releasing chart-topping hits way before Azealia had even been signed to a label. As she states confidently in Itty Bitty Piggy, off her mixtape, Beam Me Up Scotty:
It’s like I just single handedley annihilated, you know every rap bitch in the building, like like I’m Nicki Minaj, Nicki Lewinsky, Nicki the ninja, Nicki the boss, Nicki the Harajuku Barbie, like I mean I don’t even know why you girls bother at this point, like give up, it’s me, I win you lose.
In “Did It On ‘Em”, she states quite simply:
But I’m a eat them rap bitches when the chef come, those were fresh ones, more talent in my mother fucking left thumb.
And then, in the end of 2011, Azealia Banks came onto the scene, with her first single, 212, featuring multiple uses of the word cunt. And she has a few things to say back to Nicki Minaj.
I heard you riding with the same tall tall tale, telling them you made some, saying you running but you ain’t going nowhere. Why you procrastinate girl? You got a lot but you just waste all yourself, they’ll forget your name soon, and won’t nobody be to blame but yourself.
It doesn’t stop there though. She carries on with a warning, watch out Nicki!
What you gone do when I appear? W-when I premier? Bitch the end of your lives are near, this shit been mine mine.
And with that, she sat down confidently, with a shiny new record deal, and the promise of an album. But this isn’t the last of the rap-off, oh no. Nicki’s new album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, she replied:
Is it me or did I just put these rap bitches on the map again? You mad ‘cause I’m at the grammy’s with the Vatican, you in the booth, but I’m who you be channelling, why they never bring your name up at the panel then?
It looks like these two queens of rap are fiercely fighting for the last word, and it’s now up to Azealia Banks to reply to Nicki’s challenge.