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Nicki Minaj took to Instagram Saturday night (Dec. 16) to sound off on her observation that out of the artists currently listed on the Top 10 Hip-Hop/Rap chart, seven of the tracks were created by white rappers, including the likes of Eminem, Post Malone, Macklemore, G-Eazy and Machine Gun Kelly.
"It's a great time to be a white rapper in America huh?" she wrote, posting a screenshot of the top ten. "These are the top 10 rap songs on US iTunes."
Her observation immediately sparked commentary and debate on both Twitter and Instagram, with many fans in support of Minaj calling attention to the chart's disproportionate ratio of white artists dominating a culturally and historically Black artform, while others found a variety of reasons to criticize her for her comments.
With her mentions on fire, Minaj then posted once again, adding a note of support for Eminem and Post Malone, with the latter later following her on social media, as pointed out by the ShadeRoom.
"S/O Em & Post," she added. "Two of my faves. Congrats to Em on his new album."
With the discussion far from dwindling down, Minaj responded once more, updating her caption to address those who were up in arms about the point she was making.
"UPDATE blocking all u sensitive dick riders," Minaj added. "It IS a great time to be a white rapper in America. I wanna sign one for my new label. U know anyone? I spk my mthafkn mind n if u don't like it gtfo my page dick rida! Y'all can never wait to ride the Queen dick! Sensitive ass ig thugs. Gtfoh."
In another post, Minaj posted a video of J. Cole talking about a similar topic during an interview with Angie Martinez in 2014, asking her followers to "be mad at this too" while further elaborating in a lengthy caption.
The Black and multiracial artists that were charting at the time of Minaj's post included N.E.R.D. and Rihanna, with their joint track, "Lemon," Lil Pump ("Gucci Gang") and Minaj herself, with her collaboration alongside Migos and Cardi B, "MotorSport."
While all of her posts have since been deleted from her personal account, many are circulating the screenshots and adding their own two cents. As the conversation continues online, take a look at Nicki Minaj's original commentary in the posts below.