Nicki Minaj Isn't Trying To Turn ‘American Idol’ Into A Rap Show

By Henna Kathiya

Nicki Minaj’s addition to the “American Idol” crew was one of the more risky decisions the show has made in its decade long run. Besides her beef with Mariah Carey, the show faced some controversy regarding their decision to put Queen Barb on panel. Many questioned her credibility and her hip-hop background but on a TV press tour yesterday (December 8) in Pasadena Nicki made it clear that pushing rappers on the show was not on her agenda.

“This is definitely not a rap competition, and when I got involved with ['Idol'], I specifically said I hope they didn’t try to do that because I was on the show. America loves that it's an honest singing competition and I’m not here to change that, I’m here to judge,” she said.

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The YMCMB rapper noted that “Idol” is a singing competition and hip-hop stems breeds in a different environment. “I definitely don’t think a rapper should be in this competition. Rap and hip-hop is completely different from ‘American Idol.’ I started off in the streets, selling mixtapes out of my car. It’s a different situation.”

Nicki made it clear that there’s a distinction between the talent on “Idol” and the authenticity for rappers. She stated that hip-hop requires more credibility than being on a show.

“The hip-hop community wants you to be credible. With singing, people don’t really necessarily care what you’ve gone through. If it’s a great song, they are going to love it, 'cause its going to touch them or inspire them. But with rap, it's different. I would never go on a show like this as a rapper. I wouldn’t encourage anyone else as a rapper to come on. I don’t think it's authentic. If you’re really looking for people to see you as an authentic rapper, you wouldn’t do it, she noted.