Oh man – and ladies – are you in for a hell of an interview on this week’s On da Come Up with the bubbly and oh so very seductive Nicki Minaj. It was hard to keep professional on this one but before I’m dubbed a chauvinistic pig let YaBoy explain Minaj isn’t just looks.
Also known as Nicki Lewinsky, the young Southside Jamaica, Queens emcee has the lyrical prowess and witty delivery to one day become rap’s first lady. Minaj won Female Artist of the Year early this month at the Underground Music Awards. Most impressively she was the first artist Lil’ Wayne signed to Young Money Entertainment.
Minaj is a serious threat to bubble gum emcees; cat in the hat rhymes will get you embarrassed. Read and see what Minaj had to say about earning respect as a woman in Hip-Hop, working with Weezy F Baby and squatting sucking on a lollipop.
YaBoy: Miss Minaj what’s goodie? I see you doing well [laughs].
Nicki Minaj: Hey Honey! I can’t complain, just saving the female rap game right now – ya heard?
YaBoy: I dig; it sounds like money in the bank. Tell Hip Hop Ruckus readers a little about where you come from and how you got into rhyming.
Nicki Minaj: Straight out of Southside Jamaica, Queens – New York City. I’m about pussy power – female empowerment. I love my girls. I want them to start being their own bosses. I started rhyming because I’m good at it – I actually sing and act. I’m just an all around bad bitch [laughs].
YaBoy: [Laughs] – I hear that. Who are some of your musical influences?
Nicki Minaj: Lauryn Hill, Bob Marley, Foxy Brown, Jay, Wayne da President, Leona Lewis and Natasha Bedingfield. I’m just a fan of good music.
YaBoy: Nice. In a male dominant game you have proven to be lyrically imposing as certified by winning the Underground Music Award’s Female Artist of the Year. With that said, do you feel you need to work twice as hard to receive the same respect and accolades that a male emcee would?
Nicki Minaj: Oh, of course, that goes without saying. First, let me formally say thank you to the UMAs. I would have been happy just to have been nominated honestly. It feels good for your hard work to be recognized, you know? It’s like I’ve had to fight for respect and my journey has just begun. I’ve had so many doors closed in my face but for once I can say I won. As for feeling the need to work hard, hey I don’t mind. Hard work pays off. Let the games begin.
YaBoy: For those who may not be in the know, you are the first artist signed to Lil’ Wayne’s Young Money label. What was your initial reaction when you received news that Wayne wanted to sign you to the label?
Nicki Minaj: Lil’ Wayne is amazing. That’s all I’ll say about that.
YaBoy: Brevity is the soul of wit [laughs]. What has it been like working with Weezy F Baby?
Nicki Minaj: It’s been a learning experience – I get to see a genius at work. I’ve learned plenty of other things that I don’t care to discuss at the moment.
YaBoy: Is there anything you learned about your craft from working alongside that you may not have known or been as proficient beforehand?
Nicki Minaj: Well I’ve learned I’m great under pressure. I used to second guess myself but now I know that whether I have 10 minutes or 10 hours to write my verse it’s gonna be hot. You know why? Cause I’m Nicki Minaj hoe! [Laughs]
YaBoy: [Laughs] Word, you wild! So what is Nicki Minaj working on in the studio? What should fans expect to hear from you in the coming year?
Nicki Minaj: A very special album. My original music is coming out hot. It’s kind of scary to me – I didn’t even know I had it in me. You can expect hard lyrics and me singing on my own tracks. I’m doing pop sounding music, just everything man, you’re gonna love it.
YaBoy: Talk about loving it, I wouldn’t be doing my job as a writer if I didn’t talk about the picture of you squatting sucking on the lollipop [laughs]. You leaving fellas and I’m sure certain ladies drooling, so I have to ask, is Nicki Minaj a free agent or has somebody handcuffed you already?
Nicki Minaj: [Laughs] hmmm handcuffed, I like the sound of that. [Laughs] hmmm, all I can say is if you wanna lick the rapperrr hit up www.myspace.com/nickiminaj.
YaBoy: [Laughs] I think this been the best On da Come Up interview thus far. Any last words?
Nicki Minaj: Yes, shout out to you and everyone at HipHopRuckus.com! Shout out to my So Icey Entertainment family and a big juicy kiss to everyone that supports Nicki Minaj! [Kisses]