Female rappers have to try twice as hard to get half as far as the boys, but if they strip down to nothing, that’ll give them an extra nudge. And there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s good to have variety.

Nonetheless, Nicki Minaj posted a series of Twitter response vaguely blaming the hate from her “Anaconda”   artwork on racism, and the voluptuousness of her cheeks. Yawn. There’s no need to play victim here, she has to own that thong pose, and keep a copy for her grandchildren.

Spreading eagle on her cover is now part of the archives, of “provocative” artwork from female rappers, and for good reason. If nothing else, Minaj proved that she runs the Internet, and maybe added another section to the blueprint she’s putting together for her female rap successors.

Because she wouldn’t be here were it not for the rappers that came before her, Hip-Hop Wired put together a gallery of women who paved the way for YMCMB’s reigning queen to step outside the box.

Check out a timeline of female rap album covers in the gallery.

Photo: Nicki Minaj

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