Young Money‘s Nicki Minaj recently spoke out on the criticism she’s received and why she feels people want to see her achieve success.
Minaj also gave a brief update on how far along her Pink Friday debut is to this point.
“I think I’m about three quarters of the way done,” Minaj revealed in an interview. “To be honest, every record is my favorite song, I love all of the record I have chosen for the album so far. They’re all different facets of my personalty and they’re all unique and to me they seem like those kinds of songs you could play over and over and over. Like, even with me, I get sick and tired of my music quickly…I haven’t confirmed any artists yet. I’ve done so many features so far that right now, it’s about me expressing myself — I’m not going into my album thinking ‘OK, I’m going to get this one and that one.’ If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t…I feel like I have to do so much work, more work than other people. People, to me, expect me to lose. They think I’m one dimensional a lot of times and they don’t realize I’m really someone that creates music. You’ve never heard me create music. There’s nothing I have out that [sounds like] Pink Friday.” (Honey Mag)
Last May, Def Jam’s Redman vouched for Nicki Minaj and spoke out on her critics.
“I like Nicki Minaj, I love the whole Young Money camp and what they’re doing,” Red said in an interview. “Because hey, they’re keeping the sh*t going, you can’t know them. And I look at it as anyone that don’t like what they’re doing, step the f*ck up and change it then and make a change. You can’t sit back complaining on the sideline, you gotta be in the game…They’re original, even though Nicki Minaj has her wild style to her or whatever but she’s keeping them talking. And that’s what you want to do. She’s making an impact, I even said her name on one of my new records…They’re either gonna love you or hate you but they gotta respect you and I think that’s what Drake‘s going after, that’s what Nicki Minaj is going after…” (Vlad TV)
Incarcerated female rapper Remy Ma recently discussed Minaj’s haters.
“I’m happy for her,” Rem said about Minaj’s buzz. “I’m happy to see any black, young, young, old, it really doesn’t matter, any chick that’s from the hood trying to do her one-two thing, I’m happy. I see the hate that she gets, it’s the same hate that I got. When I was home, I used to see Nick all the time. She came to my birthday party, I went to one of her parties, I remember when she was on the Come Up DVD — when I started doing ‘my’ thing, they used to start throwing shade on me. They ain’t want to f*ck with me now that I was actually doing something. The industry, it’s a 1000 dudes out here, 962 of them are dead wack. It’s a 1000 dudes out here but when it comes to the females, they make it seem like there could only be one. Like that’s it — they try to put us together…” (Street Heat)
In April, Minaj addressed being criticized within the rap game.
“There are some that say something positive,” Nicki said in an interview. “You should be happy I’m here even though I’m showing you b*tches how to do it. But umm, I get more love than hate. So you know, it’s expected when people see there’s one person getting shine, it makes them feel unhappy with themselves. The small minded people feel unhappy with themselves. The intelligent girls take the things that they like from me and my journey and apply it to their journey. If I had it my way, that’s what they’d all do. Everyone is not going to like Nicki Minaj. Everyone’s not going to like the way I look or what I do but I think if you’re smart you’d take from me and figure out why everyone is talking about me. That’d be the ‘smart’ thing to do. I don’t think they know how to express that so they express it with anger, jealousy and hatred and that consumes them and I’m still here.” (VIBE TV)
Check out Nicki Minaj’s interview below: