Birdman Nicki Minaj

Rapper Bryan 'Birdman' Williams calls Nicki Minaj the "best female ever in hip-hop". The 50-year-old rap boss bestowed Nicki with G.O.A.T. status as her competition Cardi B struggles to land a second solo hit record.

The music mogul didn't hold back about the "Anaconda" star, who is signed to his Cash Money record label, during a recent interview with Rap-Up magazine.

"I always say she’s the best ever, best female ever in hip-hop, hands down, facts. There’s no getting around it," he said. "There’s levels to this s**t. Very much levels to this s**t. She’s an elite."

Birdman added: "Sometimes, you can put Nicki in a room with males on a rap, but if you put her on females, it’s nothing. She’s a monster in her own race. She’s just a special talent. I’m blessed to have her a part of my team. She’s a special talent I’ve never heard before."

He also explained Nicki's social media absence, after fans expressed concern over her lack of activity on sites such as Twitter and

"Nicki’s been working," he said. "That’s all I can say. She’s been working and she’s focused. I just think she’s focusing on her new project."

Nicki is currently working on a follow-up album to 2014's The Pinkprint.

Photos by Prince Williams/, Splash News

  • E Jai

    Of course he would say Nicki is the best he wants to make more money off her! Duh

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile Good damn Bye ... We know You is a Lie ! ? FOH

  • VoiceOfReasonAndLogic

    I think she's either in rehab for a prescription pill addiction or she's having some more surgeries. She's worked before but found time to get naked and post pics

    Either that or she's trying to use the Kylie Jenner strategy to try to build back up her buzz by cutting back on the overexposure.

    Either way, Cardi B has made me have more appreciation for Nicki. DEFINITELY NOT the greatest of all time...Maybe Queen Latifah? Idk but not Nicki...Nicki is definitely more entertaining than Cardi though. I'm too disgusted by all that gang talk even more than Cardi's ratchetness.

  • lil goodie

    Wonder who's writing for her now????

  • tintin

    Weezy F. Baby

  • Alicia.Ashe

    Of course he has to say it she’s on his label. No matter how big the lie is.

  • Mrs. S. Kidd

    Nicki Minaj is talented. Her old mixtapes are classics for hip-hop heads IMO. With that said, Birdman only made this comment because she's the female rapper who he's made the most money off of.

  • You Could Never

    Best female rapper of my time is Eve. Who actually wrote her own shit. That big dick dude Safaree wrote Nicki stuff and so did Drake and Wayne.

    Fukkin Nicki and her gimmick filled self. Puhleze.

  • ShWa

    No. He is incorrect with that one, he needs to take a trip down memory lane, plenty of old school female rappers that can still be crowned GOAT......

  • tintin

    Nicki is talented but sorry she's not the best rapper. And if she wrote her own stuff I would give her the crown but we know Safaree wrote her stuff.

    A list of better female rappers way better than Nicki

    Lauryn Hill ( in her better days)
    Rah Digga
    Foxy Brown
    Lil Kim
    Queen Latifah

    that's only naming a few there are way more

  • MoniquetheGeek

    His opinion is biased. Birdman owe hella folk money, right? He needs the best Nicki right now.

  • You Could Never

    She has no more than a few bars here and there these days. What song she got of her own? Just endless apperances on other folks stuff. So Wayne is my guess. But maybe not even him. Idk

  • Ni Ni

    I don't know not one Nicki Minaj song.

  • You Could Never


    She was the shiznit. And had the tightest fro I still have ever seen in hip hop.

  • MoniquetheGeek

    MC Lyte
    Left Eye

  • LocoBarbie

    A dude whom tats a landmark on his head for pigeons to land and crap on.....and kisses his male artist with 50tats on his face and running out of “cash Money” and mouth full of metal brain high offf mercury can’t tell me nothing lol!!!!!! The best female rapper is MC lyte to me. Nicki has some
    Good technique In her deliverance but what she raps about is bs only she can relate too. And all the other sons in her head.

  • You Could Never

    My wife Lyte

  • bemetoo

    Oh safaree and that dangalang

  • You Could Never


    9-1-9/2-5-2 stand up!!!

  • 1BlueStar

    Cardi is Nicki's comp only in physical appearance only. Cardi B is certainly not competition for anyone on the skill level front. I'm definitely NOT a Nicki Minaj fan, but I don't think Cardi will be coming for her "crown" anytime soon. I actually haven't really liked a female MC since MC Lyte, and 1995-96 Lauryn Hill...I'm just saying.

  • puppylove

    My ding-a-ling my ding-a-ling.....

  • bemetoo

    For sure not the greatest but she is better than cardi...and aunty cardI song bardi cardi is a hit

  • bemetoo

    No it's dang-ga-lang

  • puppylove

    You don't know the song?

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    What is he supposed to say?! She's his artist.

  • Rayne

    Ain’t naan one of them “good” lmao

  • Vonn

    ? Not lyrically. Most records sold, sure. Popularity, sure. Her Raps are trash.

  • Ni Ni

    Lyte and Monie Love for me.

  • Mark mcharm

    Lauryn Hill,jean grae,nitty scott ,roxanne , lyte cut it out birdman

  • Rayne

    For sho EVE ?

  • WutizstillHERE!

    What's always been funny to me is she has never been a succeddful freestyler I remember someone told her to free style once..turrble. I guess when she say she write her own bars she mean she writes them down as someone comes up with them...

  • bemetoo

    ??????? oh my ding a ling a ling...chuck berry

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    man Listen Eve !!!!! ? ... No one with Good sense is bumping a Icki .... Bytch gets no play at the crib... Radio etc... Gets No play... ?? It's a No ??

  • Mark mcharm

    she is not even his artist that is lil waynes artist that deal he has is the worst they said in music.

  • You Could Never

    And really Nicki is finished out here in these music streets. Had a great run. Has mad other endeavors. Made a lot of money. But herein lies my theory of hip hop doesn't like their women past a certain age, and my other theory of you gotta stay out there. No album in 4 years? Thats a lifetime in rap. May as well gone home and have a seat.

    And that's ok.

  • bemetoo


  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    That first sentence ... That part .... ?

  • bemetoo

    Which deal???

  • Vonn

    I don't think Safaree wrote her lyrics, his trunk did the writing.

  • Mark mcharm

    Young money/universal

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    ? ?

  • bemetoo

    Nicki is a great feature artist now...aint nobody gonna buy a Nicki album

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    I turn when her part come on I swear bytch is trash ... I can be jamming then I hear her and be like. . Thee heyul .... ?? loose ya demon... Changes station.. ?

  • Vonn

    Yup, gimmicks & sex appeal. Sex always sells. She is as corny as Safaree is. A match made in Whoville.

  • Mec-One

    Why wouldn't he say this, she's one of three reasons that's keeping him in business

  • Vonn

    The lady behind ? in the pic is looking at him like...jigga who, jigga what? What you talking bout Willis?

  • Whiplash(lacejagger)

    Lil Kim, Foxy Brown, Queen Latifah, Monie Love, MC Lyte, Salt and Pepa?

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    This man's never heard of MC Lyte, huh?

    Birdman, go sit down somewhere.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    His artist, lil wayne's artist, same difference., until Lil Wayne cut ties

  • hottlanta

    Betta ask somebody. Heard Keep/Keep/Keeping On the other day and also had a mofo stroke.

  • Safaree’s ?

    I LOVE Nicki's talent..but that distinction in my opinion goes to Lauryn Hill, Missy Elliot, and Left eye.

  • Vonn

    A lot of today's "rappers" are lyrically trash. If they had to pass through QUALITY assurance inspectors...They would never hit the airwaves. This applies to men & women.

  • Toni Toni Toni

    Exactly. These bammas be talkin real sideways and reckless with it for real!
    They don't KNOW real HIP HOP!

    MC LYTE hella DOPE!

  • Bossy704

    Nicki is extremely talented, but the subject matter of her songs is beyond vapid and offensive. I'll be rocking with her and then she say something disgusting about her privates or demeaning sexual acts. To each his own but I don't want to hear it.

  • Gloria

    It make sense for him to say that. She's his employee.

    Now, real Hip-hop heads know the truth, however. Nicki is trash, and so is CardI B. The majority of mainstream rap is, lets be honest.

    The true female MCs are mainly underground or less mainstream. A few note-worthy ones are Rapsody (her wordplay is amazing and the woman has BARS) and Noname is also coming into her own form as well. Azaelia Banks probably could have made it if she was mentally stable.

    Lets not forget Missy Elliot. That woman was big and had negroid features (dark skin, big lips ,and wide nose), Still, she was totally unapologetic with who she was and killed the entire game.

    Birdman's silly opinion for the marketing purposes of his artist isn't really news worthy.


    Well lets just say there are female artist who did it without booty and pumpum popping all over the place. Did it with respect, and humbly type of women i want my daughters to look up to. Queen Latifah, Lauryn Hill, MC Lyte, just to name a few.

  • deanya

    ? fuck cardi how he gon act like Nicki is the chick in the game who does or did damage. .....cut the bs ....

  • ?Royalty?

    Lauryn Hill.

    That is all.

  • datjerk

    Lol he spelled Safaree wrong.

  • datjerk

    Rapsody is so????

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  • Torae

    How and why do they constantly compare tardi B to Minaj? She’s been out for 10mins and has yet to drop an album..She has yet to prove she has staying power. In 5 years Cardi will be a has been...I don’t think Nicki is the greatest but she’s better than cardi b...

  • Shira Harding-James

    Mc Lyte Queen Latifah Lauryn Hill....
    But I do understand why he named Nicki

  • mona q

    Well my top 5 doesn't include either of them.

    1. Queen Latifah
    2. MC Lyte
    3. Lil Kim
    4. Missy Elliot
    5. Eve

  • Shira Harding-James

    Eve and Rah Digga ?

  • tintin

    lmao hahahhahha

  • Tony

    What else was he supposed to say!? — i mean she is signed to his label.. ??

  • Solstice

    Ooh I forgot about Bahamadia! ??

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  • Coco_Butter

    I’m shocked he even said dumb ish like that especially with him being 40 plus and around for those rappers you mentioned in they hey day.

    That was some stupid ish I would expect those idiots the Migos to say

  • Bonsai

    Don't yall forget about YoYo "Don't mess with my YoYo... Don't try and play me out, don't try and play me out... Yo Yo...".

  • Rere

    Nicki is very talented, I can or can not say she is the greatest female rapper but if that is how he feel's, that's cool! But I will say, There has not been no female rapper on her level for a lonnnng time! So ...I get it

  • jrock

    Disease face is a joke and so are those 2 clowns menage a trois and the cardboard cum slut. I'm old school. MC Lyte and Lauren Hill.

  • pure_rachet

    He was on Wendy too and was speaking only on numbers which are inflated due to streaming.

  • Look@m3

    Is this the joke of the week?

  • Just here4 the comments

    He's biased!

  • Just here4 the comments


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  • Look@m3

    She did this in a Suit! ha .....

  • Harley

    I would say Lauren Hill as far as content and talent! But Nikki has the gimmicks and the crossover success down! Cardi is and will be a non factor. No talent or substance

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    That coming from a guy that can hardly rap. You have to consider the source

  • Dowoop

    About someone on his label to boot.

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  • KcoolMuziq

    I feel Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliot is the BEST female in Hip Hop and the G.O.A.T. She's a triple threat! She can rap,sing & write and produce her own music and for others. NO ONE can touch her to me in Hip Hop besides Dr.Dre and he's a man.

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  • Noirluv45

    At first, I read the headline wrong. I thought it said Birdman though Cardi B. was the best. Thank God my eyes deceived me. I was going to say he needs to get his head examined if he thinks Cardi B. is the best.

  • TheWildChild

    Urhmmm ???no, ?--man. That? on your head has cracked your ?. For the longest time, I thought Nikki Jakked this chicks style. Hell, I thought it was her on this hook..????

  • TheWildChild

    You said it ????

  • Sinny

    In that order!

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    Missy Elliott, Lil Kim, Foxy, etc. I guess Birdman aka mr. All ? of y'all has never heard of them before? Smh

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    FACTS!! And personally I think she doesn't get the props she deserves. Missy should have a ROOM full of Grammy's in my opinion. Missy is dope!! Everything she puts out is ???!!

  • Kay Gee

    Eve was the first person that came to my mind when I read this headline. MC Lyte is even greater than Nicki, Queen Latifah has her beat too, as does many of the one-hit wonders from the 80s...YoYo comes to mind, The Brat comes to mind.

    My thing is the voice, if the voice is annoying your rap game is annoying..

  • Kay Gee

    I do - it's called "Truffle Butter" the beat was good, and the extra rappers on there made it good.

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  • Quitedeliteful

    Who else is he going to crown the as the Queen of Rap? She's on his label so of course he thinks she's the best. I like Nikki and still listen to her song 'Your Love' but I also like Queen Latifah, Missy and Lauren Hill...

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    Just stuck my head in for the comments...this gon be good!

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    You know good and gd well Nicki ain't heard this song??

  • Knocked Kneed and Pigeon Toed

    Cardi is acceptable for these new children's attention spans. They all over the place and so are her vocals. I like Cardi tho but its based on her personality not her ability to rap.

    Nicki was the Queen of her era and Kim Fox Missy etc were the queen during their eras. That's how the industry works.

  • Marlika

    She’s not the best female rapper ever. He can miss me with that. I liked Nikki when she was just doing features. Never been a big fan of her.

  • Tiffani Jett

    Cardi B has a great personality. But, Nicki is the better rapper hands down. Cardi B is dragging her feet when it comes to releasing new music and an album. A part me thinks she's worried about not being so successful.

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  • Meme

    Yes agreed monies love and Roxanne (can't remember whether the real r or Shante) to be honest I liked them both but the one who started off as a baby Face cheeky teen (I know I should Google and come back)

  • TheWildChild


  • Meme

    True u do have a point

  • Liah

    she must be on his label...

  • Reina1718

    She cant even keep up with her own lyrics lol

  • nicelyput32

    Lie don't care who tells it.?

  • V Dubb

    If you go by sales then I guess. Love Nicki but she isn't going to beat MC Lyte and Brat in my list.

  • teather

    I guess folks who "like" Cardi watch that show she's on cuz without that I can't imagine what one would find likeable about her. From the outside, she's obnoxious. I'm sure her "realness" must be what ppl like about her in this "fake" age. I agree with the below: each rap artist is a queen of her time: THE Queen, Monie, etc. Just let ppl shine when it's their time. If it's Cardi's time, give it to her. As we can see, it doesn't last for ANYONE! So stop acting like anyone captures the spotlight for long . . . 15 mins at most.

  • SDot

    Never! She was never the best...she was good at using those around her and buying fake body parts.
    Now is she smart...yes.....Get on...Get ya name out and brand so I dont have to rap.
    Make up, drinks etc.

    She aint the best rapper...she a smart rapper. HUGE DIFFERENCE

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Did everybody really forget about Mia X?!? Come on y'all, she gotta be up there, too.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Did everybody really forget about Mia X?!? Come on y'all, she gotta be up there, too.

  • CaramelDrop

    There are so many variables in rap range to consider. I don’t like most of what Nicki raps about in respect to women but if there was a graphing comparing all variables considered to be the best female rapper - Nicki would have damn near all categories HANDS DOWN?????

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Maybe not a "queen" of her time but I loved listening to Gangsta Boo back in the day, too!

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  • Jackie Byrd

    Thank you V Dubb because that is what I was saying, Nicki beat MC Lyte, hells to the naw.

  • Overpower Radio

    She literally got on her knees and bowed to Lauryn Hill tho. LOL

  • Unhappy American

    Don't forget LACHAT?

  • Unhappy American


  • Choppituph

    I always get amused by your avatar photo. are you an oprah fan or is this a lil comical thing?

  • Lovers & Friends

    Very true and didn’t have to take her clothes off to do it either. I feel she don’t get the respect she deserves in the game.

  • Lovers & Friends

    Missy Elliot

  • gro$$

    so true

  • Dane

    NOT!! The first Queen is Latifah. And Nikki's crap has still gotta get through Salt n Pepa, MC Lyte, Lil Kim after that. In other words...never...gonna...happen.

  • V Dubb

    Indeed hun....hes full of it

  • Dahl

    You do realize that’s K doing the male and female part, right...

  • TheWildChild

    Quit playing ?...For real Tho ???...damn ?? I thought it was YoYo

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    I'm a HUMOUNGOUS Oprah fan!??

  • Munchosgirl

    Why was i trying to like your comment more than once!!!!!!

  • Trace da Ace

    HA HA HA HA!!!!!
    The best??? Really??? Pardon me while I laugh my ass off on that one...Nikki IS NOT the best...hell she is not even in the ranking....PERIOD. That whole "Barbie" shit is sooooo lame....I mean really.....Nikki is now a has been....I'm tired of hearing her voice, seeing her fake ass and everything about her....she was hot when she first came out...but that flame has fizzled out for a long time now...

  • Rhondalousey

    The clout with her and mystikal turned me on to her.

  • MRiGOThim

    #FACTS...I think Nicki is the most successful rap female TO DATE :P

  • MRiGOThim

    she's more successful & broke records that none of them have let's just be may not like her as an artist but she broke ARETHA Franklin's record for most charted songs :P

  • MRiGOThim

    * NET WORTH $75 - $80 Million
    * Only rap female to make Forbes Richest List
    * Minaj was the first female artist included on MTV's Annual Hottest MC List
    * New York Times editor consider her to be "the most influential female rapper of all time"
    * Additionally, she is the best-selling female rapper of all time, having sold 30 million singles as a lead artist, 70 million singles as a featured artist, and over five million albums worldwide.
    * first rapper to win the BET Best Female Hip-Hop Artist Award six consecutive times.
    * broke the record for the most Billboard Hot 100 entries for a female artist in the chart's history, which was previously held by Aretha Franklin
    * Minaj became the first female solo artist to have seven singles simultaneously charting on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100
    * Marie Claire, VOGUE, Cosmo, XXL, Allure, OUT, Dazed, PAPER, VIBE


  • Dane

    One, I stand by Latifah. She is a TRUE artist and entertainer. All the way around.

    Two, comparing album sales is a slippery slope. It's like comparing basketball stats. Of course current players have more points. All anyone wants to do now is shoot 3's. No one wants to actually defend or go straight to the basket.

    So same with Nikki. Guest spots with the same tired verses don't count. And your record label buying all the music to pad numbers doesn't count, either.

    On this, we will have to respectfully agree to disagree.

  • MRiGOThim

    Lmao, I can't take anything away from THE QUEEN her diss track is still EPIC to this day, but Nicki is that girl I can't lie. I love them all tho I hope they come together & do another ladies night video that would be FIRE RIGHT NOW!!!

  • MRiGOThim

    Lauryn Hill <3