Nicki Minaj details what she learned from Lil Wayne and Drake and says that she hopes to inspire other women to continue to write and rap if she were to win a Grammy this year, according to her interview with HITS Daily Double.
“I’ve put so many years into this culture that I often feel is overlooked,” The Pinkprint rapper says. “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.”
Nicki Minaj is nominated for three Grammys this year including Best Rap Album for The Pinkprint, Best Rap Collaboration for “Only” and Best Rap Performance for “Truffle Butter” featuring Drake and Lil Wayne.
The Queens, New York-native also details what it was like first getting into the studio with Lil Wayne and Drake and what she learned from her two label mates.
“Well, I loved the fact that Wayne didn’t write his lyrics down—he just memorized them,” the 33-year old “All Things Go” rapper says. “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. 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.”
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