will.i.am defends Nicki Minaj against hip-hop haters

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There has been some ill will between Nicki Minaj and the hip-hop world after radio host Peter Rosenberg said last month Starships (watch it below) wasn't really hip-hop, but Barbie has one backer: the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am. He had some choice words about the state of the genre today, too.

"I'm proud of Nicki. You can't listen to this stuff about not being real hip-hop. You gotta go and get it," he told Vibe. "Whatever the music is called, that's what it's called whether it's hip-hop, pop, rock, gospel or a freaking musical, who cares? Nicki is an artist and she is expressing herself. Why limit yourself?"

He also laments how Nicki can be labeled negatively, even as the genre itself is suffering. "Hip-Hop was broadening itself in the '90s. You had A Tribe Called Quest and Death Row … you had Lauryn Hill singing and rapping. You had Too Short, Outkast, Nas and the Roots. Hip-Hop was broadening itself. Now hip-hop is limiting itself. If hip-hop is going to continue to limit people I say 'F--- hip-hop.' It’s like the most unhealthiest community."

Of course, you should continue to listen to it, because he's got a new album coming out. Get #willpower when it's released, whenever that is. will.i.am will probably announce the drop date on Twitter after the Vibe article's been out a while.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, July 4, 2012 2:05pm]

    

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