Nicki Minaj is celebrating the 12th anniversary of her first mixtape by taking aim at all the haters who like to remind her fans that she isn't a conventional rap star.
The Anaconda hitmaker took to Instagram on Friday to thank her fans, known as barbz, for sticking with her throughout her career so far, and she took a swipe at her critics, who like to point out all the things she hasn't done to get to where she is.
"12 years ago I dropped my 1st mixtape," she began. "Wrote every single word on every single song. I was so proud of that. Eventually the barbz were all wearing pink hair, Chinese bangs, & Barbie chains. Colorful wigs came all the way back in style. Everyone became Barbies & Dolls.
"I always shouted out my influences in my interviews. Now a days (sic), it's become cool to pretend u weren't influenced by other artists… No female rapper (other than Trina) did a song w/me (with me) or congratulated me on my billboard accomplishments. I didn't mind. I never felt they were obligated to do so. Just like Beyonce isn't obligated to congratulate or collaborate with Normani, etc.
"I never had a crusade by radio stations, influencers & blogs to make my song number 1 when Anaconda was #2 on the Hot 100. I never had a group of men in the studio writing my songs for me, so it took a while between albums."
Then addressing her critics and threatening to name the worst ones on her weekly radio show, Nicki added: "Please stop these write ups about what I didn't do. Y'all are rlly (really) sick & ima call y'all out one by one on Queen Radio. Most of yall doing these write ups have never fought for anything in life (sic). You just sit on the sidelines & watch the doers do!!!!
"To my fans; I love, cherish you, adore you, and thank you. God bless you."