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Jack White praises Nicki Minaj and says rap is the “new punk rock”


Jack White has branded Nicki Minaj as “brilliant” before describing rap music as the “new punk rock” in a new interview.

White, who recently his third solo album Boarding House Reach, spoke to Clash and revealed that he has been spending a lot of time listening to a lot of Kanye, Minaj, A Tribe Called Quest as well as “’80s and ’90s hip-hop specifically”.

“In a lot of ways, it is the new punk rock,” White said when discussing modern rap music. “They’re doing the dangerous things – whether it’s Trippie Redd or Tekashi69; these are a very punk, dangerous side of music.”

When the conversation moved into specifics, White declared his admiration for Minaj before revealing how her lyrics shocked him: “[If] you listen to Nicki Minaj’s ‘Only’. I mean, some of those lyrics are like, ‘Holy shit!’ I, as an adult, listening to that by myself, am shocked at some of the words that I’m hearing,” he said.

“But it’s brilliant! It’s brilliant to be able to say that, to be able to say whatever you want. I couldn’t get away with saying half of those things that Nicki Minaj says in that song. It’s just brilliant to see how far things have gone in that sense, and how cool it is for people to talk about these moments and say, ‘Wow, check this out.’”

“I want someone to blow my mind right now, like a brand new band to come out and be like, ‘I can’t wait to hear that next song…’”, he explained. “That’s that moment that we don’t get enough of nowadays.”