News: Nicki Minaj Shapes Debut Direction, "I'd Like To Gear My Album Towards Pop"

Monday, Aug 10, 2009 1:50PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Lil Wayne protege Nicki Minaj has described some of the sound she is aiming for with her new album and, to her, it's bigger than hip-hop.

While the project is still being worked on, Nicki did point out which artists and overall sound she would like to secure.

"All of my biggest records that I've done so far for the album have been just me alone," she revealed in an interview. "I don't really know if I wanna do too many features for my album because I think my mixtapes have been, you know, inundated with features and people need to know who Nicki Minaj is now. And as of right now as far as producers I have a lot of up-and-coming producers and I'm not big on, you know, big name producers although I'd love to work with Will.I.Am. And as far as artists go, you know, I just don't know at this point. I love people like Natasha Bedingfield, I love her singing voice and Amy Winehouse's singing voice and I'd like to gear my album probably towards pop so probably if anything I'll have a lot of those type of features on it. But not too much rap because I am a rap girl and thats what I do and I don't think I need to have many different rappers on my album." (New Lil Wayne)

Despite her close association with Wayne, the rapper is reportedly still shopping a major record deal.

Though not yet attached to a label deal, Minaj is recording a debut album that she hopes to release early next year. Her main focus now is on the Wanted tour and impressing arena-sized crowds. "It's intimidating 30 seconds before I go onstage," Minaj says. "But once I'm out there, it's all gone. I'm the fearless Barbie doll." (Reuters)

She recently spoke on why female emcees should stick together rather than trade diss records towards one another.

"They're trying," Nicki said about the lack of female rap presence in an interview with DJ Whoo Kid. "Could you give us a freaking break? I support all of the girls. Anybody doing something, I support you girls. And I think sometimes the girls think I don't support them or I don't want to see them succeed. Even when they say slick sh*t about Nicki Minaj, I'm still thinking, I wish you well. Because this is a movement, it's bigger than Nicki Minaj. It's just a movement and I want to be a part of something big. Pause." (Radio Planet TV)

Southern rapper Trina previously spoke on the female side of hip-hop and co-signed Nicki's placement in rap.

"One of my favorite records of all time is Lil' Kim's 'Ladies' Night,'" Trina said in an interview earlier this year. "Mostly every female that was in the game was in that video. I think that's what we are missing. That unity. But the great thing is there are other girls coming up like Nicki Minaj. We have to show that women are relevant in hip-hop. We have a voice. We do have things to say. But more importantly women need other women to make them feel strong. I come from a family of all women, so that's the strength that I get." (Vibe)

A release date for her debut album has not yet been announced.

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