The Trinidadian-born American rapper and singer – Nicki Minaj, wants women to be more serious about getting equal pay compared to their male counterparts. She advised women not to hesitate in doing so and avoid feeling apologetic when making the demand to be treated fairly.
In a video interview of Minaj with TIME, the “Bang Bang” hitmaker raised for discussion the topic of equal pay, wherein advised women to be straightforward about how much they feel they are getting paid. “One thing I learned along the way in business, is the necessity for you to be unapologetic about asking for how much money you deserve,” she said.
The singer detailed, “At a very early stage in my rap career, I was making six figures for shows…If I heard there was another artist making that much, I thought, ‘you know what? I get out there and demand or command a crowd. I get out there and make my fans happy about my performance. I get out there and give a real show. I want that, too.’ And I pushed myself to be better with my showmanship, but I also decided, you know what? I want to get paid well.”
Minaj asks women to know their own value and not be afraid to demand to be paid well for what they are worth. Aside that the most influential female rapper of all time became an outspoken advocate for equality, Minaj also sounded off her point of view on racism, misogyny and sexuality.
Bella Naija also reported that Nicki stated, “Some things may be overlooked but, no one can deny my brand, and that’s the words of wisdom I would like to launch to other young women.” With her tough words and serious persona, it comes as no wonder that she is part of Time’s 100 most influential people.