Nicki Minaj calls out haters on 12th anniversary of 1st mixtape

Reactions on social media ranged from shock and joy to criticism and disappointment

She went on to say how important other artists have been to her development, asking why discussing one's influences seems to have fallen out of favor with younger musicians.

Nicki Minaj is celebrating the 12th anniversary of her first mixtape by taking aim at all the haters who like to remind her fans that she isn't a conventional rap star. No female rapper (other than Trina) did a song w/me (with me) or congratulated me on my billboard accomplishments.

A fired-up Nicki Minaj name-checked Taylor Swift after a fan on Instagram told her to be quiet, saying that black women in the music industry should not be afraid to "speak their truths".

The concert, in line with Saudi laws, will be alcohol and drug-free, open to people 16 and older and will take place at the King Abdullah Sports Stadium in the Red Sea city.

Reactions on social media ranged from shock and joy to criticism and disappointment. The Saudi Arabian government has been criticised for requiring women who attend the concert to wear a full-length robe known as the abaya. This music festival is a part of the seasonal entertainment program of Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage.

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In one video posted on Twitter, which has racked up more than 37,000 views at the time of writing, a Saudi woman wearing a headscarf protested: "She's going to go and shake her ass and all her songs are indecent and about sex and shaking ass".

The Human Rights Foundation's push imploring Minaj not to attend Jedda World Fest came on the heels of growing backlash on social media. It will be interesting to see what Nicki Minaj's theme for the concert would be.

A separate set of conservative Saudi opponents also voiced their disapproval of Minaj's scheduled performance - but on a different set of grounds, citing concern over a flamboyant and sexually empowered act performing in the holy land of Mecca.

Al-Hathloul, who has spent the past year in jail, was first arrested in 2014 after she attempted to drive from the United Arab Emirates to Saudi Arabia.

The kingdom's General Entertainment Authority said it plans to pump $64 billion into the sector in the coming decade. Most Saudi women also veil their hair and faces.

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