Nicki Minaj: “Kanye West Is A Genius” [VIDEO]

Rapper Kanye West Maybe a assh*le to some but a musical genius to many.

Trinidad native rapper Nicki Minaj is one of those who thinks Ye is a musical genius. Although Minaj might have read Kanye wrong at first.

“I had this conversation, ‘Kanye West is gonna hate me,’ ” Minaj told MTV News. “[But] I met him and it was, ‘Oh, come here, I want you to look at these naked girls.’ Kanye West is everything that I didn’t think he was, and a genius.”

After having worked with West, the Queens lyricist said she learned to appreciate his passion for music.

“He doesn’t limit himself,” she explained. “I heard him say the other day, not in these words, ‘I’m not doing this for the masses, I’m not doing this for mainstream, you have to come to me, come get this art if you want it.’ I think that’s important for all artists to feel that way — we make so many changes because we want to please everybody. But at the end of the day, you can’t please everybody.”

Minaj and West collaborated on two tracks for West’s forthcoming My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and the Queens lyricist supplies the opening narration for ‘Ye’s short film “Runaway.”