News: Nicki Minaj Says She Really Lost One, "I Wanted To Get Her On 'Champions,' That'd Have Been Crazy"

Thursday, Apr 5, 2012 12:00PM

Written by Rosario Harper

Young Money star Nicki Minaj recently talked about her new Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded album and why despite landing heavyweights like Nas, she still wished music veteran Lauryn Hill would have come through.

If things had gone her way, Nicki claims Hill could have shared mic time with Nas and Drake on "Champion."

In addition to touching on her relationship with Waka Flocka Flame, the birthday kiss she got from Madonna and her thoughts on working with Nas, the Black Barbie told Flex who her favorite femcees are. "You know I loved Lauryn, (she) was a goddess to me," said Minaj of Lauryn Hill. "I wanted to get her on 'Champions,' that'd have been crazy, right?" Nicki also spread the love to other lady lyricists including fellow New Yorkers Remy Martin and Foxy Brown. "Shout out to Remy," said Minaj, "When the 'Ante Up' verse came out, if you ain't know her, you knew her then." Additionally, the Queens MC paid homage to legends like MC Lyte and Queen Latifah. "I always forget to name so many people," said Minaj as she listed her influences. (XXL Mag)

A few days ago, Minaj admitted landing Nas was a shocker within itself.

"I didn't think I could get Nas, just to be honest. He's always been so exclusive. He doesn't work with everybody and I respect people that are like that. They take pride in their craft," she explained. "When I first got in the studio, it was just gonna be all rap, that's why I named [my debut] Roman Reloaded. Things just don't keep my attention long enough to only do one thing. By the time the album was done, it was just a versatile album. But I have to say, I feel like people love saying the pop word first. The album is more hip-hop than pop." (Power 105.1)

Last month, Nasty Nas explained how he hooked up with the Young Money star.

"Nicki hit us up, I got love, so it was nothin' -- I did the record," Nas told MTV News on Saturday night before his show at South by Southwest. While fans wait to see how Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded holds up sonically, Nas gives his own assurance for "Champion." For the Queensbridge, New York, MC, it all boils down to a simple feeling: "It's hip-hop music; music is music. If I feel it, I can get on it. I heard the track, I felt it, I loved it." (MTV)

As things currently stand, the female rapper's sophomore album should easily debut atop its competition next week.

Nicki Minaj's sophomore Young Money/Cash Money/ Universal Republic album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, will debut at #1 next week, with between 200-225k in sales. That's based on one-day reports from our crack network of online retailers and those selling CDs from the back of their car trunks. (Hits Daily Double)

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