After an intense debate on social networks, the rapper was awarded the fourth and last place in a competition that sought
to set up a kind of Hall of Fame of rappers of the 2010s, joining Drake, Kendrick Lamar and J.Cole.
The artist was chosen by the users of Rap Caviar, which describes itself as the most influential
playlist in hip-hop, and Nicki won with almost 40% of the votes, beating names like Kanye West, Future and Lil Wayne, who were in the next positions.
While promoting her new single "Do We Have a Problem?" on the Power 106 show, Nicki Minaj pointed out that everyone has a different Mount Rushmore and that everything is "subjective."
Do I know that Onika Tanya [Nicki's given name] should be there? Yes, because influence is key. If you go
on social media and if you find any female rapper, you can see that Nicki Minaj is influencing them, so of course I should be on Mount Rushmore because, I mean, that's obvious.
That would be like asking if Lil Wayne should be on Mount Rushmore for [the previous] decade. There's no denying it. It's not bragging, it's nothing, it is what it is.
Nicki still makes a point of being thankful that she has been able to establish herself as an artist, but reinforces that
respect is always necessary, even if she has been on the road for 15 years and believes she no longer needs other people's validation. She declared:
Even people who come on the scene and bomb are still struggling and dying to be respected. I don't have that problem, so I feel grateful.
What I'm going to do from now on is just enjoy it and I'm going to experience my life from now on with the people who rock with me. That is all.