Young Money star Nicki Minaj recently opened up about her admiration toward Kanye West and how his ex-girlfriend/model Amber Rose played matchmaker for them.
According to Minaj, her friendship with Rose a few years ago eventually landed her a shot at collaborating with Yeezy.
“Well I was great friends with Amber Rose when they were dating and she had recommended me to him for his album and finally I guess he relented [laughs],” Minaj said of meeting West. “One day I got a call from her and she said Kanye wanted me to come down to Hawaii and record for the album. He told me I could pick what I wanted to be on. I heard the beat for ‘Monster.’ I fell in love with it and that’s how the ‘Monster’ verse happened…When it came to me putting my album out, I was like ‘I can’t have an album without Kanye. He has to be a part of it.’ He’s become my mentor, he gives me advice, he hits me, takes random pictures off-line and says ‘Oh this is a good picture of you.’ He’s really into fashion so he’s a good person to have a well-rounded conversation with.” (RWD Mag)
Last August, West officially co-signed Minaj’s talent in an interview with radio host Angie Martinez.
“This is gonna be such a big statement, and such a big thing to fill: The scariest artist right now is definitely Nicki Minaj. I think she has the most potential to be the number-two rapper of all time. Nobody’s gonna be bigger than Eminem.” (Hot 97)
Prior to her Pink Friday debut dropping last month, Ye publicly applauded the rapper’s first solo album.
“From what I’ve heard of @NickiMinaj ‘s album I know it’s gone be crazy! I’ve got a couple verses on it too!!! And she in my hometown 2nt!,” Ye tweeted November 15th. (Kanye West’s Twitter)
Since its release in late November, Pink Friday has remained in the Top 10 weekly album sales.
Rapper Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday slid two slots to No. 8 with 97,400. With a full month under her belt, the Young Money star’s debut album has pushed out 658,400 copies. (SOHH Sales Wrap)
Check out a recent Nicki Minaj interview below: