Nicki Minaj: ‘It’s not a war on drugs. It’s slavery’

The rapper speaks candidly about US policies on drugs

Nicki Minaj has spoken out about US drug laws in a recent interview, equating the American prison system to slavery.

“What it has become is not a war on drugs. It has become slavery,” she told Billboard in reference to the United States’ treatment towards people of colour. “When I see how many people are in jail, I feel like, “Wait a minute. Our government is aware of these statistics and thinks it’s OK?” The sentences are inhumane.”

The 33-year-old rapper also went on to describe her adoration of President Barack Obama. “I love the president for trying to be a voice for people who no other person has ever tried to be a voice for,” she said. “I thought it was so important when he went to prisons and spoke to people who got 20 and 30 and 40 and 50 years for drugs. They never felt like anyone in the White House cared about them. I loved that he made them people again. Because we all make mistakes.”


In recent news, Nicki Minaj’s older brother, Jelani Maraj, 37, was arraigned on Thursday (December 3) for allegedly raping an underage girl, according to reports.

Long Island newspaper Newsday reported that the victim is 12 years of age and New York Daily News reported that Maraj was charged with first-degree rape and first-degree sexual conduct against a child.

Maraj was released on bail from Nassau County jail after his $100,000 bond was paid by his sister Nicki.