Nicki Minaj Slams Kanye West’s ‘Gold Digger’ Lyrics, Racial Double Standards

Telling it like it is. Nicki Minaj didn’t hold back when she slammed Kanye West for the lyrics of his 2005 hit “Gold Digger” in a new interview.

The 33-year-old “Anaconda” rapper took issue with the West’s portrayal of the relationship between black men and women, calling him out in the November issue of Marie Claire.

Nicki Minaj

“I’m so tired of black women feeling that when our men get rich, they’re going to leave them for a woman of a different race,” she told the magazine. “It wasn’t funny when Kanye said [in his 2005 hit ‘Gold Digger’], ‘When he get on, he’ll leave your ass for a white girl’ — and Kanye happens to be with a white girl now. It wasn’t funny when he said it; it was the f–king truth.”

Minaj similarly pointed out the double standard that exists for women of color who choose to pose provocatively or semi-nude for photos they share to social media.

“When Kim Kardashian’s naked picture came out, [Sharon Osbourne] praised it, and my fans attacked her for being such a hypocrite,” Minaj said. “So it wasn’t trashy and raunchy when a white woman did it, but it was when a black woman did it? It’s quite pathetic and sad, but that is my reality, and I’ve gotten accustomed to just shutting it down.”

Marie Claire
Nicki Minaj arrives at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards. Kanye West on November 1, 2014. Allen Berezovsky/WireImage; Jason Merritt/Getty Images for LACMA

Minaj is no stranger to controversy. In May, a photo of her giving side-eye to fellow singer Demi Lovato at the annual Met Gala went viral, causing Lovato, 23, to declare that the fashionable fete would be her last one.

The “Confident” singer captioned the snapshot with the hashtag “#whatsgood,” in reference to a famous line Minaj used against Miley Cyrus at the previous year’s 2015 MTV Video Music Awards.

Minaj has also tussled with Taylor Swift, fellow American Idol judge Mariah Carey, Farrah Abraham and Lil Kim.

Sign up now for the Us Weekly newsletter to get breaking celebrity news, hot pics and more delivered straight to your inbox!

Want stories like these delivered straight to your phone? Download the Us Weekly iPhone app now!