Nicki Minaj’s Deleted ‘Great Time to be a White Rapper’ Instagram Post Sparks Controversy

Nicki Minaj posted a pretty nondescript screen capture of the iTunes top 10 charting Hip Hop/Rap songs Saturday night. But it wasn’t the chart itself that got people talking so much as Nicki’s commentary on the melanin deficiency of the artists on the chart. 

“It’s a great time to be a white rapper in America huh?” Nicki wrote in the caption of her now-deleted post. “These are the top 10 rap songs on US iTunes. S/O to Em & Post. Two of my faves. Congrats to Em on his new album. #Motorsport put dat thing in sport.”

The chart has since been updated, but you can pretty easily read between the lines and see what Nicki was referencing. Of the 10 songs listed, Migos’ “Motorsport” and N.E.R.D.’s “Lemon” are the only two performed by artists that self-identify as black. 

Nicki wasn’t saying anything that hasn’t already been said about race in rap (or other genres perceived as predominately black) by the likes of Solange, Azealia Banks or even Eminem himself. Defending Post Malone in such a discussion seemed like a curious choice.

It’s possible Nicki considered an Instagram caption wasn’t the best place to try and have a nuanced discussion about race, privilege and music because she ended up updating her caption.

“Update blocking all u sensitive dick riders,” Nicki further wrote. “It IS a great time to be a white rapper in America. I wanna sign one for my new label. U know anyone? I spk my mthafkn mind n if u don’t like it gtfo my page dick rida! Y’all can never wait to ride the Queen dick! Sensitive ass ig thugs. Gtfoh.”

That post was followed by a clip of J. Cole’s 2014 interview with Angie Martinez, where Cole also discussed the perception versus reality of genres of music traditionally performed by black artists.

“Whenever a black woman speaks on ANYTHING she’s labeled as “mad” “angry” “bitter,” Nicki wrote in a similarly lengthy caption. “I’m on 4 songs on the Billboard Hot 100. I’m blessed & highly favored thx to my amazing fans.”

Before the posts were deleted, Nicki captioned that she was posting “on new developments within the music industry.” There’s plenty of historical context and data to disprove the theory of white artists gaining increased popularity in predominately black spaces isn’t a new development, but that’s somewhat of a moot point now because Nicki’s posts have been deleted.

Much like Nicki’s infamous “What’s good, Miley?” moment and the multiple subs thrown at Iggy Azalea, this might lead to some substantive dialogue beyond an Instagram caption. 

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Chance the Rapper Donates Over $1 Million to Chicago Public Schools

Chance the Rapper held a press conference at Westcott Elementary School in Chicago Monday to discuss education funding and announce a $1 million donation to Chicago Public Schools. The press conference was streamed live here via Chance's Instagram. Complex News was also on the scene.

Chance's presser centered on what he said was an “urgent need” to fund Chicago schools. “Gov. Rauner can use his executive power to give Chicago's children the resources they need to fulfill their God-given right to learn,” Chance said. “Our talks were unsuccessful.” Rauner, Chance said, was unwilling to budge without caveats and ultimatums.

“Our kids should not be held hostage because of political positioning,” Chance said. “If the governor does not act, CPS will be forced to end school 13 days early, which means over 380,000 kids will not have adult supervised activities in June and could possibly be put in harm's way.”

Chance also announced a donation of over $1 million to Chicago Public Schools:

As humorously recounted during Monday's presser, moments like these make a good case for answering calls from numbers you don't recognize:

While taking questions from reporters following the announcement, Chance also revealed he had plans to speak with fellow Chicago icon Common regarding education funding later that day.

Activist DeRay Mckesson, who met with Chance this weekend to discuss CPS funding, praised the Coloring Book artist's efforts on Twitter:

The presser came days after Chance's meeting with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner last week, which didn't exactly conclude in the way Chance had hoped.

“I'm here because I just want people to do their jobs,” Chance told the Chicago Sun-Times and other reporters Friday after the meeting. “I did speak with the governor. I asked him about funding [Chicago Public Schools] with that $215 million that was discussed in May of last year. It was vetoed in December.”

Hours before Monday's presser, Rauner floated some funding ideas in a memo obtained by the Chicago Tribune. The first option involves the passage of legislation allowing Mayor Rahm Emanuel to “tap into” the city's tax increment financing funds to help cover the $215 million gap. The other, according to the Tribune, would require the passage of a larger overhaul of Illinois' pension retirement program.

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