Nicki Minaj vs. “Rap Bitches”: 15 Songs Looking For a Fight

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When Nicki Minaj’s Pinkprint collaboration with Beyoncé, “Feelin’ Myself,” leaked late early this morning, it joined the ranks of Nicki’s most anti-“rap bitches” appearances to date. Of course, Minaj has shouted out “rap bitches” many times, starting in her mixtape days; the novice Nicki fan may think she’s referring to other female rappers (like her former collaborator/current nemesis Lil’ Kim), but “rap bitches” is an equal-opportunity diss. In fact, “rap bitches” most often seems to refer to Minaj’s male counterparts, against whom she’s constantly forced to prove herself.

“I have to make 500 million dollars first,” she told Dazed in her cover story earlier this year. “’That figure has been in my brain for a long time. I want to be the female who earned the same amount of money that the Jay Zs and the Puffys were able to earn. I feel like when I reach my 500-million-dollar goal’ — she pauses to cackle at the Monopoly-money sum, teeth bared — ‘then no other woman in rap will ever feel like they can’t do what these men have done.'”

“I just want women to always feel in control,” she said, later in the same profile. “Because, we’re capable — we’re so capable. It’s one of the reasons that I have these women that I look up to — because they did not allow being a woman to make them feel like they should settle for less, financially. No, money doesn’t mean everything. But it says a lot.”

Here are 15 songs — Nicki guest verses and solo songs alike — that capture the best of her anti-“rap bitches” stance and, at times, double as female empowerment anthems.