Nicki Minaj on Lil Wayne

Aldo Rossi

PHOTO BY ALDO ROSSI


At the age of just 28, Lil Wayne has already made an indelible influence on a young generation of rappers. He famously discovered and mentored Nicki Minaj, and taught her how to get really weird. The rest is history, as told to T Cole Rachel and Interview:


On Wayne's going to prison:


That is something that was always at the forefront of my mind. You don't have to talk about it a lot, but... it was very surreal. It's still hard to believe that that really happened. But every time I spoke to him he was so positive. He'd be on the phone and like, instead of me cheering him up it's like he's doing the opposite, he's giving me like, the words, the wisdom.


On life without Wayne's mentorship:

I don't ever want to imagine that. I can't even imagine my career, um, my creative spirit without Wayne.  I credit him with a lot of what I do. Prior to him, no one relevant in hip-hop really gave me that support. I feel like I'm still intertwined with him creatively.

Before I met Wayne, the person that was spearheading my career was the one person who always told me, "Don't be too playful, don't be too kooky and weird... no one's gonna feel that, nobody wants to hear that." So I stifled a lot of that early on, and then once that we parted ways, I was like, "Guess what, I'm gonna just be me."


On gender with Wayne:


Even though Wayne is my mentor, I've never gone to Wayne and asked him, "Hey Wayne, could you write me a rap?"  That makes me just like one of the boys, you know? My work ethic is just like their work ethic, and I don't have to wait on them to tell me to what to say. And I think that's a big part of it.

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Kn0ck0uTk3n

03/29/11 10:21pm

@ICOMMENTATE Nicki minaj's real last name, maraj, means king in trinadad so that why she said "and this very moment im king"
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JessicaOBrien

03/29/11 8:32pm

Re: "I like Nicki, I really do. It may be so, she doesn't ask none of the guys to "write me a rap?" She must understand why someone is inclined to think so. In the Moment For Life she raps, "in this very moment I'm king." In the world of rap this can be received and perceived in many ways. It does however nag at me everytime I hear the record, I keep thinking "why would and did she say that." Either way, I like Nicki. I love her delivery. She doesn't sound forced and popcorn-ish."

ICOMMENTATE-- Nicki writes her own songs. The point of her saying "I'm king" in Moment 4 Life (also, "I am not Jasmine, I am Aladdin" on Roman's Revenge )is done on purpose. Nicki is saying that she doesn't need to be second place to the throne, that she is in fact, the one in charge, calling the shots (i.e. the king vs. the queen). Kings do that, not queens--so she's changing the rules for women in music, especially rap. I understand your confusion--but Nicki is not your typical woman and
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iCommentate

03/28/11 12:58pm

"I've never gone to Wayne and asked him, "Hey Wayne, could you write me a rap?" That makes me just like one of the boys, you know? My work ethic is just like their work ethic, and I don't have to wait on them to tell me to what to say."

I like Nicki, I really do. It may be so, she doesn't ask none of the guys to "write me a rap?" She must understand why someone is inclined to think so. In the Moment For Life she raps, "in this very moment I'm king." In the world of rap this can be received and perceived in many ways. It does however nag at me everytime I hear the record, I keep thinking "why would and did she say that." Either way, I like Nicki. I love her delivery. She doesn't sound forced and popcorn-ish.
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