News: Robin Thicke On Nicki Minaj's Rap Run, "She's Gonna Have A Very Long Career"
Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010 2:15PM
R&B singer Robin Thicke has shared his views on Nicki Minaj and predicted the Young Money starlet would have an extended run in the music industry.
From Thicke's perspective, Nicki's smarts will help her outlast the competition.
"Nicki is a very, very special young lady," Robin said in an interview. "Not only is she incredibly talented and sexy and charming, but she's also a really good person and she's very smart, so I think she's gonna have a very long career." It was the smooth operator's pal Jay-Z who first put him up on the Young Money femcee, who he affectionately calls Ninja. The two ended up collaborating on the Polow Da Don-produced "Shakin' It 4 Daddy," which he plans to release as the next U.S. single from his Sex Therapy album. (Rap-Up)
This week, Minaj released a statement talking about her goal in music.
"'I don't want to do anything that sounds like what any other female rapper has done,' said Nicki Minaj. 'I want to start a new lane that one day, 10 years from now, girls will say, 'I'm more of a Nicki Minaj type.'' (Cash Money Records Press Release)
Speaking via a UStream broadcast earlier this month, Minaj said she would continue ignoring her female rap critics.
"I don't respond to stupidity because I don't have to," Minaj said in a video. "I don't need it for publicity and people that do that, they need it. You guys don't have to tell me about somebody saying some stupid negative sh*t because all these b*tches are my sons. So, I showed them how to do this. I show y'all how to do this. That's why y'all yap yap yappity yap. I hear y'all talking. That's why I occupy my time getting a green piece of paper...So pretty much, I spend so much time counting that green paper that for me to take my time out for stupid, foolish, strawberry shortcake bum b*tches that live on planet bum would almost make me as low on the totem pole as they are. You'll never hear me say your names. You'll just keep barking up that tree, and I'll keep doing what I do. In other news, I want to say though, that, you guys make hip-hop into some real clown sh*t when you feed into that." (UStream)
Minaj recently talked about having fun with hip-hop and easing the seriousness behind her rhymes.
"It bothers me when people take themselves too seriously. It's like, loosen the f*ck up," she says. "At the end of the day, this is entertainment. We should be entertained." Minaj hopes to keep listeners amused with her still-untitled debut album. "I've gone through the 12-Step Hip-Hop Program: the mixtapes, the DVDs, the low-budget videos, the small shows," she says. "I thank God that I wasn't signed years ago and that I didn't have a hit recordbefore I did the grind. I'm ready now." (Spin)
Check out Robin Thicke & Nicki Minaj's "Shakin' It For Daddy" down below: