The self-proclaimed Queen of Rap also explained why Drake wasn’t on the project. She points to his busy tour schedule and not wanting to push the release date back (again).
“Drake and I were working on something,” she said. “But I didn’t want to change the date of the album. About two days before I had to turn it in, he and I had been going back and forth. Within 12 hours of having to turn in the album, we were going back and forth ’cause he had come to my studio we found something we really, really loved.
“He was also going through the process of getting stuff right for his tour and I had to understand that. As an artist, I always try to put myself in the artists’ shoes and not try to be selfish.”
Nicki also made sure to reiterate that she doesn’t need any major guest features to have a successful album.
“My thing is like, ‘Yo, I don’t need anybody. I stand on my own two feet.’ I always keep on reminding myself, ‘Onika, when you was putting out your mixtapes you ain’t have no big name people to put on there.’
“Wayne came after and then even with Wayne, Wayne would come in with a verse and that was that, and that was the icing on the cake. But, it was me grinding and if I have to do that again, then so fucking be it. Nobody’s gonna make or break me. I’m gonna do me.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Nicki talks about people taking “Barbie Dreams” too seriously, diffusing The Game’s beef with Tekashi 6ix9ine, the impact of losing someone like XXXTENTACION, what it’s like having JAY-Z as an unofficial A&R and Beyoncé giving her props during an awards show wardrobe malfunction and more.
Check out the full interview below.