PUBLIC OPINION > Nicki Minaj Is Better Than Lil' Kim
Music 2012/02/21 14:00:00
Nicki Minaj is easily the most well-known female rapper in the industry right now, and to prove it she was the first female to top Billboard's Hot Rap Songs charts since 2003 -- the year Lil' Kim topped the chart with "Magic Stick." But she's got plenty of naysayers, and Lil' Kim is one of her most vocal critics. We decided to take the beef to the public to find out how others felt about the female rapper face-off. Is Lil' Kim right about Minaj's supposed lack of skill, or is she just jealous that the new star has dethroned her?
Lil' Kim Disses Nicki Minaj (Again): Who Do You Like More?
55% Prefer Nicki
Sorry Lil' Kim, but it looks like there's a new queen of rap. After more than 1,000 votes, the Nickster came out on top by about 10%. Kim might have the advantage of getting there first, but she's clearly no longer in vogue. In Kim's favor, she's got quite a fan base for someone who hasn't released anything since 2005. Maybe if she ever puts another album out, she'll be able to take her position back. Rumor has it a new album is planned for this year. We'll believe it when we see it.
Lil' Kim Loses the Youth
Lil' Kim biggest hurdle was the younger voters. Teens, specifically. A huge proportion of them (78%) voted for Nicki Minaj, and while support dropped off quickly as voters got older, that teen vote was strong enough to take Kim down. Teens and young adults made up about 60% of the total votes.
Men Pass on Minaj
Gender also created a notable division, though it wasn't nearly as telling as age. Men leaned toward Kim by a small margin, while only a third of women voted for her. But again, the numbers were on Nicki's side, as there were twice as many female votes on this poll.
The Working Class Prefers Lil' Kim
Now this could just be connected to the age thing, but employment status correlated with votes, as well. Only 39% of full-time workers prefered Nicki, while part-time workers were split and 68% of the unemployed were on Nicki's side.
If you'd like to vote on this question, dig deeper into the demographics, or engage in existing discussion about the topic, visit our original poll about Lil' Kim and Nicki Minaj. We'd love to hear from you!
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