Music industry veteran Irv Gotti has shared his views on Nicki Minaj and compared the emcee to renowned Grammy-winning artist Lauryn Hill.
Gotti, known for steering the careers of Ja Rule and Ashanti at Murder Inc. Records, believes Nicki is a full package artist.
“The world has yet to see the best of Nicki Minaj. What she’s delivering to the world now is basically what they want. But I know that she’s a super talented superstar who can do anything at a high level–rap, sing, act, whatever she wants to do. This is just the beginning of Nicki Minaj. Her best is yet to come. In my opinion she is as talented as my other girl Lauryn Hill. They have completely different styles. But as far as the talent is concerned they both can do it all. Nicki just isn’t showing it yet ’cause she doesn’t want to. But world be prepared ’cause she’s the truth.” (VIBE)
Despite disappearing from the music scene for over a decade, Hill is famous for her 1998 album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
The momentum finally culminated at the February 1999 Grammy awards, during which Hill took home five trophies from her 11 nominations, including Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song, and Best R&B Album; the most ever for a woman. In an interesting twist, Hill’s album proved to be such a commercial and critical success that it shed doubt on the Fugees‘ future. Their in-fighting became common knowledge, and matters were complicated when many fans interpreted Miseducation‘s various anti-stardom rants as a public dissing of co-Fugee Wyclef Jean. (All Music)
Young Money‘s Shanell aka SNL also believes Minaj feels she is more than an average rapper.
“Nicki’s been moving and grooving,” Shanell said in an interview. “She’s on everybody’s song. So I haven’t really seen her too much. Like when I saw her at the [BET] Awards, it was like the first time I’ve seen her in a long time. I was like, ‘Girl! Hey! Congratulations!’ When we were on tour, we kicked it on the bus,parties on the bus, in the hotel lobby but I haven’t really seen too much of her. She represents herself well and what she does well. And be it rapping and I think she even considers herself more than a rapper. So I think she’s doing an excellent job and I hope she just keeps it up.” (Rap-Up TV)
FUSE TV host Toure recently talked to SOHH about Minaj’s slow growth within hip-hop.
“Nicki Minaj, I think, is still a baby artist. She still hasn’t had her first album. Has she had any videos to herself? Maybe one. She was in the video with Amber Rose but one video, a couple mixtapes but nothing huge. Drake had a couple songs blowing up on the radio. “Best I Ever Had” was one of the biggest songs last year. Nicki hasn’t had that. She’s been on other people’s songs but she’s not nearly, to me, the level of fame, and buzz and energy that Drake is at.” (SOHH Guest Star)
Rap veteran Busta Rhymes suggests Minaj consider making a move into Hollywood.
“A lot of the times we get stuck into these characters where we kind of become slaves to those characters; we sound a particular kind of a way all of the time,” he explained in an interview. “I’m never saying that it’s not a good thing. We should always trademark certain things about us so that people can identify with it off the top. But it’s always good to be able to show people how diversified you are and what you’re capable of outside your comfort zone…It feels like she ain’t got no problem displaying that…I probably think the one thing she need to do that she ain’t did yet was show up in a couple of these movies…and it’s a wrap. She get a couple of these movies and steal the scenes that she’s in the same way she do it on these records, she going to put the nail in the coffin with that.” (MTV)