Recently, Nicki Minaj talked with radio personality DJ Drama and defended her role as an emcee following a comment made against her by Tiye Phoenix on BET’s “My Mic Sounds Nice: A Truth About Women in Hip-Hop.”

“[I turned on the show right when they started talking about me, and I heard] ‘Yeah. they just Kim Kardashian with a mic in her hand,’…it’s funny in the black community, when you get popular, people forget that you were an underground struggling artist at one time. I saw so many of these girls saying stuff, ‘We grindin’,’…. Boo, I grinded for the past 7 years of my life and I’m not gonna feel guilty for anything I’m getting right now. They’re just uneducated about how many dues I’ve paid…..but I love that I was talked about on the show.”