There’s a line on Kreayshawn’s viral hit, “Gucci Gucci,” that many have speculated was a jab at pop superstar Nicki Minaj… was it?
We’re unsure, but in an interview with Complex.com, the young Oakland rapper explained — when asked about her influences — that while she respects Nicki’s talent, she thinks her image and message isn’t the best thing for today’s young girls.
“No disrespect to [Nicki Minaj] because she’s got talent, she’s got an image. But when it comes to inspiring young women, her message is to be a Barbie — to be plastic, to be fake, to all have blonde hair,” said Kreayshawn.
“All her fans try to dress up like her, be her, do their hair like her. And you have Lady Gaga and she calls all her fans Monsters. And ‘Everyone, be crazy!’ It’s not about being like the artist that you’re listening to. I think Nicki Minaj has the voice of the generation, but I’m not sure if it’s the right thing to be saying at this time.”
The bar we’ve referenced, from “Gucci Gucci,” goes: “Bitch you ain’t no Barbie, I see you work at Arby’s / number 2, super-sized, Hurry up I’m starving / Gnarly, radical, on the block I’m magical.”
When speaking to Billboard.com, Kreayshawn said she’s not hating, and/or dissing Nicki at all.
“I’m not hating on anybody. I’m not coming for anybody’s neck,” the rapper said to Billboard. “I say one thing about Nicki Minaj, that’s not a diss at all, and you have Nicki Minaj fans barking at me. I love Nicki’s thing, she’s independent and a powerful woman.”
Kreayshawn continued, explaining that her movement is much difference from Nicki’s. Instead of her fans trying to be her, wearing the same clothes and doing their hair the same, she wants her fans to be themselves.
“I think it’s important for different female voices to be heard. I’m representing for something that hasn’t been said yet or [hasn’t been said] in a long time [which is] to be yourself, be creative,” Kreayshawn explained. “I don’t want people to be like ‘I’m going to dress like Kreayshawn,’ or ‘I’m going to do my hair like Kreayshawn.’ I want people to be different and follow their own lane.”