As Young Money star Nicki Minaj continues to blossom as a strong force within hip-hop, SOHH recently reached out to Dipset’s Freekey Zekey to find out the reason why the Harlem crew failed to groom a female star of their own.
Zekey mentioned that one of those reasons is due to the fact that lady emcees sometimes require high maintenance.
“It’s not hard to work with women because if you got control of what’s going on, then you can take them to any plateau,” Zekey told SOHH. “There’s a lot of females and they get too hyped and too happy and want to jump into things. So when you finally get a female — she has 672 new managers, her boyfriend needs to be on every trip, she’s got 800 stylists ’cause her aunt who used to do hair in the projects, she [can] do her hair a little better and she’s got her and her baby daddy’s sister. Nah. You know what I’m saying? There’s a lot of things that go with that. Actually, we haven’t come across one, not saying we’re out there with the binoculars looking to find [a female star], snatch her up and mold her.” (SOHH)
The animated rapper also said while Dipset presently doesn’t have a female counterpart, there are always open to the opportunity of recruiting one.
“We [once] had a girl named Keema, she [rapped on Cam’ron‘s] ‘What Means The World To You.’ We had a female but she came with problems,” Zekey added. “She had a whole bunch of stuff mixed up with her. We had to drop her. And I was kind of locked up but I remember when Cam had ‘Cookies & Apple Juice’ and there was a female on there. I wasn’t too familiar because I was just getting back home — he didn’t mention her much so I guess whatever they had happening kind of fell through. [Currently], we’re making so much money without a female that it’s not a strong point in our mind right now being that we got back together. We’re not ruling it out, our eyes and ears are open, and we know how to make stars from any and everybody. You gotta see what we did with Juelz [Santana], not saying he didn’t help, but we made Juelz a major star and look what we did with Vado. We made him a major star. So making a female a star isn’t an issue, we just haven’t come across one yet.” (SOHH)
Dipset’s A&R Duke Da God previously hit up SOHH and explained how difficult Minaj’s claim to fame really is.
“With the females, it’s kinda hard,” Duke told SOHH when asked about giving Minaj some feminine competition. “You gotta find somebody that’s attractive to the eye but can write her own music. Nicki Minaj, man, she’s a phenom. That’s why I have a respect for artistry because Nicki makes it look easy but it’s not. That’s why I have a lot of respect for dope artists like Prince or even like a Ne-Yo. Nicki and them get in and make it look easy. I just think if the talent comes across my desk or my e-mail, I’m gonna know it. It’s so hard. It’s not as much talent as you think. People aren’t always as talented and you think they are. In my opinion, Nicki Minaj is a blessing.” (SOHH)
In May 2010, Def Jam’s Senior VP of A&R Sha Money XL told SOHH how much pressure Minaj has placed on other female rappers.
“Nicki Minaj has set the bar so high that whoever the new female rappers is, and I’ve heard one or two females so far, they’re horrible. I’m real hard on female rappers, seriously. I ain’t with the bullsh*t, don’t come too hard, you gotta be sexy and look like Nicki Minaj and sh*t. She got it. I don’t know about that Sean Garrett record, but she’s got it. That record ain’t it, she’s supposed to come harder than that. That sh*t ain’t it.” (SOHH Guest Star)
Check out some past Freekey Zekey footage below: