The newly crowned queen of rap Nicki Minaj has shared her thoughts on Drake’s influence on the rap game and how his background paves a lane for non-drug laced rhymes.
Featured in the new issue of Rolling Stone, Minaj said she believes Drake is a positive addition to hip-hop.
She’s immensely proud of the fact that her and Drake are proving that rappers can come from any background.
“At one point you had to sell a few kilos to be considered a credible rapper,” she says.
“But now it’s like Drake and I are embracing the fact that we went to school, we love acting, we love theater, and that’s ok — and it’s especially good for the black community to know that’s ok, that’s embraced.”
Minaj has listed the goals she hopes to accomplish within a five-year time span in the entertainment industry, ranging from making a silver screen debut and becoming a successful entrepreneur.
During her interview with Rollin Stone, Minaj stresses the importance of perfection.
The Young Money raptress tells Rolling Stone that her five-year plan includes a film career, a perfume line, a clothing line, and records that feature her singing as much as rapping. Minaj has already explored the latter with her debut, singing on many of the album cuts. “There’s this fear of not being perfect,” she tells the magazine. “There’s some songs I just won’t write because I’m afraid of it not meeting my expectation of what I know that song could be. I don’t compete with other people, I compete with myself.” (Rap-Up)
To help promote her new album, Pink Friday, Minaj teamed with MAC Cosmetics to launch a line of special lipsticks which have already sold out.
In a new documentary entitled, My Time Now, Minaj speaks on her non-stop grind.
“I put quality in what I do. I spend time and I spend energy and I spend effort and I spend everything I have, every fiber of my being, to give people quality,” she said in an interview. “So if I turn up to a photo shoot and you got a $50 clothes budget and some sliced pickles on a motherfin’ board, you know what? No. I am gonna leave. Is that wrong? Wanting more for myself? Wanting people to treat me with respect? You know what? Next time, they know better. But had I accepted the pickle juice, I would be drinking pickle juice right now.”
If you haven’t seen the documentary Nicki Minaj: My Time Now yet, you can view the full length clip here.