Passing the Torch: Iconic Stars and Their Successors

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  • Beyonce, Tina Turner
  • Rihanna, Janet Jackson
  • Nicki Minaj, Queen Latifah
  • Eddie Murphy, Kevin Hart
  • Prince, Janelle Monae
  • Jennifer Holliday, Jennifer Hudson
  • Chris Rock, Richard Pryor
  • Michael Jackson, Usher
  • Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys
  • Diahann Carroll, Kerry Washington
  • Vanessa Williams, Nina Davuluri
  • Jay Z, J. Cole
  • Halle Berry, Ruby Dee

Nicki Minaj and Queen Latifah

Female MCs who can hold their own in a man's world? Check. Lucrative makeup contracts? Check. Airtime in primetime? Check. The common ground between Latifah and Minaj is extensive, but the rappers differ in one major way: attitude. The Queen is beloved around America, across age groups and ethnicities, while Minaj is known to speak her mind, and often doesn't care who she torches in the process. Still, there's no doubt Nicki is a worthy successor to the Queen's throne. 

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