will.i.am has dismissed claims that Nicki Minaj isn?t a credible hip-hop artist.
The Black Eyed Peas frontman, who collaborated with Minaj on 2010’s ?Check It Out?, told VIBE that critics should respect genre-crossing musicians.
Watch will.i.am and Nicki Minaj?s ?Check It Out? video below:
?I?m proud of Nicki,? he said. ?You can?t listen to this stuff about not being real hip-hop. You gotta go and get it.
?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?
?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**k hip-hop?. It?s like the most unhealthiest community.
?I want Nicki to continue to show the world what hip-hop can be. It doesn?t have to always be about fucking this stripper girl or getting money. I would rather be interested to hear what Chuck D thinks than some blogger or radio host.?
will.i.am, whose single ?This Is Love? is currently number one, recently revealed that he was inspired by ?80s cartoon Transformers as a child.
Source : Digital Spy