News: "Whether You Follow Nicki Minaj's Blueprint Or Not, Just Don't Be Afraid To Experiment"

Monday, Apr 2, 2012 10:25AM

Written by Rosario Harper

With her sophomore album less than 24 hours away from hitting store shelves, Young Money's Nicki Minaj recently opened up on what she hopes fans and supporters gain from the highly-anticipated Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded release.

Along with aspiring artists, Minaj says she hopes the LP shows fans the reward of experimentation.

"If there's one thing I want people to take away from it, it's just that little girls can aspire to be anything, and that's all I want people to see," Nicki said in an interview. "Whether you follow Nicki Minaj's blueprint or not, just don't be afraid to experiment and don't allow people to knock your hustle just 'cause it ain't something that you're used to seeing." (MTV)

After receiving some backlash over her new "Starships" record sounding too pop, the 29 year-old emcee defended her image.

"I would hope that people know at this point that I'm smart enough to know what I'm doing all the time. But I guess they still kind of waiver. I always intended on putting out something urban after 'Starships,' because I knew 'Starships' was a monster," she explained. "Maybe it would be a problem if I couldn't deliver records like 'Roman Reloaded,' but I can. I write my own lyrics. Once again, I write my own lyrics. So it's never a problem. Whatever I feel, I can write, I can create it. So I'm good. I think people sometimes get blown away by the magnitude of the pop stuff, because the pop stuff, it reaches everywhere and then I feel like my hip-hop fans or hip-hop culture starts getting a little bit afraid that I'm going to leave. But this is who I am. I'm not going to change - I'm just adding on to my brand. And if you don't understand that, then it's probably why you don't travel and you don't see the world and I probably can't even have a conversation with you anymore." (Hot 97)

A recent New York Times write-up cited Minaj as the most influential female hip-hop artist of all time.

BARELY a year and a half has passed since the release of "Pink Friday," the platinum debut album by Nicki Minaj, but her style is well honed. She's a sparkling rapper with a gift for comic accents and unexpected turns of phrase. She's a walking exaggeration, outsize in sound, personality and look. And she's a rapid evolver, discarding old modes as easily as adopting new ones. This hard and complex work has paid off: when she releases her second album, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded," this week, it will be as the most influential female rapper of all time. (New York Times)

Cash Money head honcho Birdman recently called Nicki the best rapper alive.

"I say she is, but if she's not today, within time she will be. No female ever will be able to sell more records than her, have more singles than her, have more number one singles than her, have more awards--no more nothing. She had the most singles by a female last year. Her accomplishments are gonna speak for themselves." (Complex)

Check out a recent Nicki Minaj interview down below:

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