Kanye West may have a lot of fans, but Nicki Minaj ain't one of them

Oct 16, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. ET
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Kanye West's "Gold Digger" came out in 2005, but Nicki Minaj still has a bone to pick with both West and his lyrics.

In a recent interview with Marie Claire, Minaj brought up the old hit and explained why she feels the song paints relationships between black men and women in an extremely negative light.

"I'm so tired of black women feeling that when our men get rich, they’re going to leave them for a woman of a different race," she said in an interview for Marie Claire's upcoming November issue. "It wasn’t funny when Kanye said [in his 2005 hit ‘Gold Digger’], ‘When he get on, he’ll leave your ass for a white girl’ — and Kanye happens to be with a white girl now. It wasn’t funny when he said it; it was the fucking truth."

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Speaking of gold diggers, Minaj also spoke about her irritation with our current culture, which she feels celebrates the idea of women striving to marry for materialistic reasons.


"Nowadays, I feel like [young women] see marrying into money — I think that's a big thing now," she said. "I don't want that to be a woman's goal in life. I want your goal in life to be to become an entrepreneur, a rich woman, a career-driven woman. You have to be able to know that you need no man on this planet at all, period, and he should feel that, because when a man feels that you need him, he acts differently."

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So who should our next generation look up to, then? Minaj feels she and fellow rock star Beyoncé are just the go-getting type of role models that young women should aspire to be like.


"Every time Bey and I do something together, I see how women are inspired, and it has nothing to do with how we look," Minaj said. "It has to do with how we are owning who we are and telling other women you should be the boss of your own career and the brains behind your life or your decisions or your art. I just love that feeling."

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Which current pop icons do you think are good for young women to model their career goals and relationships after?

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