Nicki Minaj Talks Skipping Out On XXL's Freshmen '10

Nicki Minaj reveals why she and Drake decided not to participate in XXL magazine's Freshmen 2010 issue.

Nicki Minaj recently revealed to MTV.com the reason she and fellow Young Money artist Drake decided not to participate in XXL magazine's Freshmen 2010 issue, which highlights up-and-coming talent in the rap game.

"Drake and I, we love XXL," said Minaj on the set of her video for the song "Massive Attack."

"We just shot for XXL. With all due respect, we felt like we kinda had graduated from the freshman class. We felt that XXL missed the mark when they didn't put us on the cover prior to that. They have to pay for that. They can't say, 'Hey, get on the next one.' But we love XXL. That's like a Hip Hop classic. So we said, 'Can we have something just a little bit more catered to us, so that we feel like we have still grown as artists, so we're not at all disrespecting the magazine?' They were cool with that."

Minaj insists that she and Drake were cordial about the request, and that the magazine took no issue with it.

As such, the Freshmen 2010 group consisted of OJ Da Juiceman, Nipsey Hussle, Jay Rock, Pill, Donnis, Fashawn, J. Cole, Wiz Khalifa, Freddie Gibbs and Big Sean.

83 Comments

  • Digemz

    Both artists are lyrically hot, albums will do well with the hype that's built around them, they will both be around for sometime, not sure how long the actual barbie image will last, but it will do some justice in the hip hop game for young girls and open doors for female rappers again. Just my opinion

  • Digemz

    Both artists are lyrically hot, albums will do well with the hype that's built around them, they will both be around for sometime, not sure how long the actual barbie image will last, but it will do some justice in the hip hop game for young girls and open door for female rappers again. **Just my opinion**

  • dc_reppin

    they put juiceman on there?? THE FUKK?

  • Russellj502

    Well said the bitch is nothing but true garbage, One hit wonder, here today gone 2ma.

  • YoungVagabond

    why the hell do they think that they should have been on the cover last year? they have yet to release album. all the freshmen from last year released an album that year, not mixtapes, albums. the hype they picking up from lil' wayne is making their head big.

  • SeanySean

    They both wack anyway. Garbage, punchline, commercial rappers is what they are. The whole Cash Money/Young Money label is just wack.

  • 304boi

    Her flow is terrible...I'm not feeling her at all. Wiz Khalifa has actually put decent shit out already and still participated so who is she to think she shoud skip out. And J. Cole is the truth and still participated so that doesn't say alot about her.

  • Big Ev

    "man somebody needs to tell her until she releases an album she is still a freshman" pretty much sums it up... like shes already made it and is owed a special article catered just to her...

  • Dretruth

    well regardless of what we think boo boo will be around for quite sometime because young children and adults like the this feel good, party all the time, wack club music. She is a mixture of all the sluts that ever touch the mic and she is what most black men like a barbie doll. If you are of age and you like the young money click you really need to go and lay on somebody couch and get evaluated.

    • MYLIE

      I don't see this bitch around in 3 years. she depends on big names to stay relevent and can't stand on her own two feet. it won't be to long. relationships get you in where you need to be talent keeps you there.

  • BK all day

    wow....that video is horrible.

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  • ladyof the south

    If u dont like the music do not listen. Secondly you have to listen to the artist freestyle thats how u detrimine a real rapper from the fake! Since there is not alot of female rappers around give her a chance to shine its not what she wears but what she says. Plus at least she not a platic looking women (AKA lil kim

    • LIFE ACCORDIN' TO DUTCH

      FUC OUTTA HERE..NICKI MINAJ IS LIL KIM..NOT SAYIN SHE DONT DO HER OWN THING BUT SHE IS LIL KIM..HER ASS AND TITS IS FAKE AND SHE ROCKS BLOND HAIR...

    • Dretruth

      She has to hustle hard - just because it ain't any women in hip hop doesn't mean that we should let a preschooler represent for them. Get for real and she's just as plastic.

    • Yaowa Stallion

      Bitch are you stupid or just plain ignorant??? Real hip hop aint freestylin real hip hop is how well an arist can construct a song. Your the fuckin problem with hip hop u get ur panties wet over some simple freestyle with average bars and ignore real music. You fail.

  • ThaRealBamaking

    Young Money is the Hip-Hop Partridge Family!!! Wayne created a monster. Mark my words, those egos gonna collide and niggas gone be on the street suckin dick for money.

  • WTF-MAN

    WORST RAPPER EVER, A CUNT?????

  • wow...

    Aside from anything else...did anybody watch that video posted above? I really didn't know someone could be that retarded and think it was COOL? lmao..for real hip-hop is in a sad sad state right now...I'm just waiting for the mainstream to ditch it (which WILL happen) so it can back to that raw shit it started off on.

  • Fuckhaters

    Some of yall niggas are only in this world to hate, if this chick had signed to jay-z or g-unit most of yall would at least give her a shot. But i guess internet thugs recognize talent better then jay-z, luda, robin thick, etc. But as long as your favorite rapper(s) keep featuring them, they'll be around for a min.

  • sun_god7

    She will be around for some time. The standard is extremely low for commercial HipHop these days. The commercial truth will be determined when she drops an album. The units she sells will determine if there is a real career or not. But in honest, with the standard being low - she is better than some dudes out there.lol. With Wayne locked up - Drake will write her rhymes OR maybe Drake can't write cuz Wayne writes his...wait or is it Drake is writing some of Wayne's now. Can't keep up these days.

  • Boom Bap

    The game is crazy. So many dope femcees like Jean Grae, Tiye Phoenix, Invincible etc that deserve exposure.

  • BK all day

    man somebody needs to tell her until she releases an album she is still a freshman

  • Subjects

    Jean Grae and Tiye Phoenix and a few other femcees will eat this bitch for breakfast. She's a puppet.

  • chuckyphantom123

    This bitch is a joke Still get banged though

  • thextc

    shes right i was wonderin y drake wasnt on last years cover with kid cudi and asher roth

  • Dj Lexx

    Some of yall are really tripping... One.. Nicki aint going anywhere... she will be here for a minute (dats to the guy who said she will be gone in 3 months) and two... to the guy who said she wont even have a song when Wayne is locked up... U obviously didnt read this shit.. She was on the set of the video for "Massive Attack" and thats her single.... Her album is on the way and we will be seeing much more of Nicki...

    • HOLLAR AT ME

      This bitch aint shit, she aint got no skills, and patraying herself ass a bimbo aint no good look at all, yea she got that single coming, but im sure she wont last to long after it, she aint do shit do be on last years freshmans list, who the fuck do she think she is, she stole kims style, but she aint her and cant deliver, her fucking voice is annoying

  • ceazar

    get both of them 2 do the record and see which one u like the best

  • ceazar

    get both of them 2 do the record and see which one u like the best

  • ceazar

    Now if want sum of that really hard ass 808 big oomp got everything listen 2 baby D, and three six mafia id rather

  • ceazar

    try this sample half pint- mary long tongue, get rico shawty redd producer 2 do it

  • Haruld

    U gotta be fresh to be a freshmen. There ain't nothin' fresh about a recycled flow and style.

  • ceazar

    I want u 2 do a remix 2 im so arrogant- JW

  • ceazar

    I want u 2 do a remix 2 im so arrogant- JW

  • JOE6PACKNCGBORO336

    lmao at these comments the bitch got a point can yall admit that shit

  • homiehill

    how the hell they gonna leave wacka flocka off the list?

    • c roc

      cause he a fuckin bum, he got one hot track and that shit only hot cause wayne killed that shit on NO Ceilings

  • Da, Fella

    I would rather fuck with Evee Eve than this chick, shes too hippie yahhhhohhh! Can she really keep up for the next 2 yrs doubt it.. That ass looks good with clothes on it but naked LOADS A STRECH MARKS LOL!!! Wont fuck with Drake... Yet..

  • Meet The Sniper

    "HEY GUYS WE'RE FROM YOUNG MONEY AND WE'RE AWESOME SO WE DESERVE OUR OWN ISSUE. WELL YEAH I HAVEN'T DONE BARELY ANYTHING UP TO THIS POINT EXCEPT GET PLASTIC SURGERY AND WHORE FEATURES. BUT I DESERVED TO BE ON LAST YEARS LIST MORE THAN WALE AT LEAST." Crap. As for Drake, it's actually funny in his case. Dude's been so bitter about that list it's hilarious. (he mentions it in various tracks) Hell I doubt Wiz, Chip or other snubs cared at all. I think these two need to step their shit up instead of inflating their collective ego hanging from Lil Wayne's testes. Nicki has released close to nothing aside from Beam Me Up Scotty (which had little fanfare outside of clubs) and Drake's rhyme quality has been declining while his comparisons with himself and Jay-Z has been increasing.(Seriously, we know you love Jay but please stop.) I'm glad neither of these two made the cover. For them to share a cover with the likes of J.Cole would be near blasphemous.

  • HRCMS

    Im not hating at all, but far as im concerned the bitch is a freshman, other then riding Waynes coat tail, and nuts, she has not done anything, her ego is bigger then her artistry, aside from jacking LilKim, Foxy, and Trina's styles, she cant spit, the whole Barbie vibe is fake just like her ass, tits and made up face.

    • HRCMS

      No doubt the bitch fuckable, but im talking skills and being original, i guess that image shit working, because yall no pussy getting niggas, jacking off to the bitch poster lol

    • HRCMS

      No doubt the bitch fuckable, but im talking skills and being original, i guess that image shit working, because yall no pussy getting niggas, jacking off to the bitch poster lol

    • Ah hell

      Lol definitely. She's whack as hell, fake as hell, but I would still slam her with the sausage.

    • .....

      you would still fuck so dont even trip kid

  • thestorm261

    On the real who f*cked do she thinks she is. I mean come on she ought 2 b happy they wanted her that issue.

  • I-rep

    Yo yal gotta check out this new artist. Rick jay aka Yo/Conchus @ myspace.com/rickjayworldwide... His debut Single "Dying Inside" is what the industry needs!!

  • fukwethebest

    who knows who writes for who they all sound the same like shit

  • Guest

    People really need to calm down with all this ego trippin-neither Drake or Nicki has done anything for real!!! Seriously.

  • bushwick

    i aint the biggest lil wayne fan, but i respect the fact that this niggas pullin a biggie smalls lil kim situation here by writing all of her shit and making her into a sex symbol, making money off her, and still fucking her. thats good business all around

  • Ceazar

    came out hot ill keep looking for ya got some mo and your looking good baby

  • will419lee

    Nicki Minaj & Drake shouldn've been on the Freshman '10 cover becuz they ain't freshmen, they been on scene the last two years. I think Nicki Minaj & Drake albums are gonna be ok, but they not gone the great. And say that because the industry is gonna water them down. Young Money has a great roster, the only probelm is they don't have any "Stand Alone" artist and that's what they need. But I do miss when artist had to earn stripes before they appeared on someone else album. Majority of the artist now getting hot off features,

    • I Am Nas Jr.

      Wiz Khalifa was out since '06, '07...Fashawn released mixtapes a few years ago...but they're still considered Freshmen AND they have at least 1 album out. Nicki & Drake been out doing mixtapes but still have no album out...so they're still not considered Freshmen???

  • smokeone23434

    DO ANYBODY REMEMBER THE SHOW 'THE NANNY' THATS WHO THIS CHICK SOUNDS LIKE SHE MAKES MY EARS HURT HER RAPS ARE NICE BUT SHE NEEDS TO CHANGE HER STYLE..

  • da police

    she didnt skip out, she wasnt invited, she is garbage, stole her whole flow. wackca flack 10 times better

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  • COOCHIEATER

    I LIKE NICKI MINAJ IS OPENLY BI-SEXUAL. I WANNA EAT THAT COOCH

  • theoriginalgangsta ICE T

    drakes time is up he just of dropped his album when he was still hot

  • Vega

    Oh an I forgot to say this Halloween guy. Like the great Andre 3000 says " walk it out like usher, if u say REAL TALK I probably won't trust ya. Lol I'm stupid for that!

  • Vega

    That doesn't matter though. The article is about her not wanting to jump on the cover. That's because her and Drake understand their worth. I don't understand how u think she is garbage tho. I think she is nice and a really good look for the ladies. I mean who do the ladies have besides well Shawna and eve. An maybe Trina.

  • Michael Myers

    REAL TALK: BUZZ or NOT... SHE STRAIGHT GARBAGE TO THE 100TH POWER!!!!

  • Vega

    Good for her. Straight up, Nikki and Drake are killing it right now. I don't care if you don't like them or young money but you know they got a buzz like Wayne in 07. An honestly they are the number 1 and number 2 most anticipated albums this year! They should get their own covers. And I say that with no bias. They are smart for not sharing press with these rappers that are a fly in the pan artists. Like really them cats are not IT right now for real.

    • hhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

      Vega is a dick rida.

    • Yaowa Stallion

      Killin it right now?? They are nothin but garbage punchline rappers they have no heart no soul to their music its all bullshit. The buzz they have is being created by the execs running labels right now not the streets. If you think they are the most anticipated albums then I guess you haven't heard about Wu Massacre or Distant Relatives cause those two are gonna be fuckin brilliant compared to the trash that slut and that cornball Canadian bitch will ever put out.

  • JOE6PACKNCGBORO336

    I can dig it

  • Aussie_Pride

    Drake should of been in last years freshmen list, though why the hell is nicki complaining? No one had heard of her before mid last year, you at least got to have 1 good mixtape out to deserve to be put on that list (to date, i havnt heard 1 good song from her, let alone a good mixtape).

  • patty ashes

    what a fuckin' dumbass bitch wheelchair jimmy isn't much better either

  • miahSF

    wiz khalifa is far from a freshman mayne hes really like graduated

  • ...

    you don't have a damn single released, let alone an album, and you're already gettin' a big head about things? i can't wait for this plastic bitch to flop...same with drake's droopy dog lookin' ass

  • DdAsHbOY

    nicki da illest bitch in da game, yall muthafuckerz hatin hard...like realli dawg who seeing her? & Her & Drake like realli didnt belong in that freshman shit if there names where there they would stand out onli realli those two doin big shit.. Onli J.Cole i can vouch for he got mad bars...Sean so so the rest jus average

  • boom bye yeah

    Freddie Gibbs the only one of those artists, with Fashawn that I mess with

  • hiphopscout

    http://www.reverbnation.com/savvysav#/artist/artist_videos/659615?sel_song_id=3407393&autoplay=1

  • kenny mike

    wayne gets her to say this stuff shes nothing watch how she wont have a song when hes locked up if she does it will be with some big artist

  • TheRealShitTalk

    fake tits ,fake Lips, fake Ass & Hips

  • theREALTALK

    they trippin ! they just now blowin !! plus mothafuckas just now hearing bout nicki and she'll be gone in 3 months

  • Roger187

    The bitch is bitchy. Stay in your lane U ain't done shit yet.

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