Hip-hop heavyweight will.i.am's been defending Nicki Minaj's rap credentials to VIBE magazine.
"I’m proud of Nicki," the 'America's Song' hitmaker 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?"
He added: "If hip-hop is going to continue to limit people I say ‘Fuck 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."
Somewhere, RedOne is slow clapping.