News: Nicki Minaj On "Pink Friday" Pressure, "They Won't Look To Sign Other Female Rappers If [It] Doesn't Do Well"
Thursday, Sep 2, 2010 1:55PM
Young Money rapper Nicki Minaj has shared her thoughts on the future of the female rapper if her long-awaited Pink Friday debut performs poorly when released this fall.
Minaj believes she has to bring her A-game to the project and make sure it is representative of all her females.
"[Young Money] won't look to sign other female rappers if the project doesn't do well, because they're going to say, 'Well, her buzz was so crazy, and if she couldn't do it, then no one can do it,' and I don't want that to happen. So I'm doing this as well for all the girls...I hope it will open doors for all girls everywhere who ever wanted to pick up a mic and rap and who have been kind of afraid to do it...For a long time in my life, I was afraid to be a solo female rapper, because everyone told me, 'It doesn't work. It's not going to happen. Record companies are never going to invest in you just to get it. Just be part of a group.' ... Even as far as I've come now is already a testament in my mind, so I hope the female rappers understand how big it is for our culture that the album does well." (V-103)
Last month, Minaj revealed that she wanted the LP to drop in 2011.
"I love him very much," Minaj said about Lil Wayne. "I miss him and he's such a sweetheart and all of that good stuff. But I will see him soon. The album release just so happened, [Cash Money Records co-founders] Baby and Slim, they were like, 'November,' and I was like 'No, no, no,' I wanted to put my album out next year. I don't feel like people really know me yet." (Honey Mag)
In August, Minaj also gave details on her upcoming debut's direction.
"Things happen really quickly, and you should take a moment and absorb it," she says in a Live Q&A with Billboard.com on Friday (Aug 6). "To be honest, the last year of my life, I can't tell you where it began and ended, or what happened in between. I can't remember dates, I just keep going. I didn't realize things would move so quickly...Life is about growth and I don't want to remain the same my whole life -- I want to be able to change. I respect people that love '07 Nicki, and I'm definitely going to give you some stuff on 'Pink Friday,' I won't forget anybody. But I have to be true to me -- I started seeing different things, going to different places, eating different things. It would be fraudulent to rap the same way and look the same way, because I'm not the same. Period." (Singersroom)
Recently, Minaj said the overall debut has even surpassed her own expectations.
"The album is progressing miraculously, I would say," Minaj said in an interview. "It's coming out way better than I could even have imagined or dreamed or hoped for...It's been very exciting to finally just make music that I love and not really having to incorporate myself on someone else's record...I've been having a really great time...I have a record called 'Right Through Me' that I think will be a standout. It's not gonna come right now. It'll come closer to when the album drops, but it's a really, really pretty song. Everyone's gonna like it...It's just really insightful but in a very conversational kind of way." (MTV)
Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday is slated to hit stores Tuesday, November 23rd.
Check out a recent Nicki Minaj interview down below: