Nicki Minaj took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to address recent reports suggesting she slammed Iggy Izalea during the 2014 BET Awards.
“The media puts words in my mouth all the time and this is no different. I will always take a stance on women writing b/c I believe in us,” Minaj wrote in a series of tweets.
While accepting the BET award for Best Female Hip Hop Artist on Sunday night, the rapper made a statement about writing her own music, which immediately led people to believe she was throwing shade at Azalea. “What I want the world to know about Nicki Minaj is when you hear Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it,” the New York bred rapper told the crowd.
“I believe we’re smart enough to write down our own thoughts and perspective, just like the men do. I’ve been saying this for 5 YEARS.”
“I fell in love with Lauryn Hill b/c I knew she was the author behind those amazingly profound and articulated songs on the MisEducation.”
“I wondered how Lauryn tapped into my brain and wrote an album on love, betrayal, passion, pain, triumph, brokenness…. Did she read minds?”
“It’s the same reason I have a different level of respect for Missy. I know she’s a writer and a producer. Women MUST aspire for more.”
Minaj later added how proud she is of Iggy and her success, writing:
“I’ve congratulated Iggy on the success of ‘Fancy,’ publicly. She should be very proud of that. All the women nominated should be proud.”
“That will never change my desire to motivate women to write. Our voices have to be heard. I hope I inspire up and coming females to do that.”
Iggy has yet to respond.