They'll never thank me for opening doors
But they ain't even thank Jesus when he died on the cross

from Nicki Minaj – Freedom Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Nicki revitalized female rap when she entered the industry. She doesn’t get the credit she deserves. Since Jesus didn’t get any appreciation, why would she?

In an interview with Angie Martinez, Minaj talks about how she opened doors for Lil Kim by being the punching bag so Kim could get a little publicity “when she couldn’t get an interview to save her life”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGplnbgeJ1Y

More broadly, this applies to anyone and everyone that benefits from Nicki’s success and takes credit for her hard work without recognizing her — this could be other artists, female rappers, or the corporate music industry.

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