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The made up Cardi B-Nicki Minaj feud feeds into an insidious form of sexism

Published on January 28, 2018


The made up Cardi B-Nicki Minaj feud feeds into an insidious form of sexism

By Deena Zaru

Washington (CNN)At the Grammys this weekend, an audacious breakout star from the Bronx could make history.

Cardi B is up for best rap song and best rap performance — two awards that a solo female rapper has never won.

But if you’ve followed Cardi’s rise, you’ve no doubt noticed how much the attention has focused instead on her “feud” with Nicki Minaj, another equally outspoken female rapper.

It’s a fan-led, social media-fed made-up fight. And that, says Angela Yee, is a shame.

“It makes it seem like there can only be room for one woman to be an artist at a time in this hip-hop world,” said Yee, the co-host of hip-hop radio show “The Breakfast Club.”

When Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” went viral last summer, many tried to cast her as a one-hit wonder.

She shut them down quick, nabbing two Grammy nominations and breaking Beyoncé’s record by becoming the first woman with five simultaneous top 10 hits on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hip Songs chart.

Many hip-hop fans quickly pit Cardi against Minaj, who’s been topping the charts since 2011.

Every time one of their songs caught fire, fans feverishly analyzed the lyrics, hoping to find veiled shots.

They passionately debated whether Minaj — who broke Aretha Franklin’s record last year, becoming the woman with the most hits ever on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart — has “fallen off” amid Cardi’s rise.

And although both women appeared on Migos’ “Motorsport,” and publicly dismissed rumors of a feud, fans just wouldn’t let it go.

Read more… CNN

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