Nicki sat down recently with HITS Daily Double to discuss her Grammy nominations and her working with Lil Wayne and Drake. “Winning a Grammy would inspire women to continue to rap and write and to never give up. I’ve put so many years into this culture that I often feel is overlooked,” she said.
She also added, “Prior to my three albums, I put out three mixtapes, which also changed the game for women in rap. I would literally sit in a room for days and write, and my sole purpose was to be better than the boys and to prove that women are just as smart, creative, witty, business-savvy, etc. I never really felt that male rappers saw us as their equals. I was determined to change that.”
All the above being said, Nicki did learn a thing or two from Lil Wayne and Drake. She claimed that Weezy’s work-ethic motivated her to work more effectively. “In the studio, he’d stress the importance of me writing my verses quicker than I’d become accustomed to. So it made me better and more confident,” conveyed Minaj.
If Wayne challenged Nicki to become “better and more confident,” then Drizzy should be credited for showing her the importance of beat selection. Nicki then shared about Drake’s meticulous attention to detail. “With Drake, he spent a lot of time narrowing down the actual beat he wanted to rap on. It was great for a young artist to pay attention to that. Sooooooo, do you think Nicki will win a Grammy next month? Sure hope her tenacity & willingness to be the best will sticking up for other females pays off!