Young Money rapper Nicki Minaj has shared the names of the artists banging her iPod which include labelmate Drake, Beyonce and Rihanna.
The rapper also said her Young Money boss’ Rebirth rock album can be found on her portable device.
Drake – “Find Your Love” I love the entire album, but “Find Your Love” is like a movie. It reminds you of something, but you kind of don’t know what. Lil Wayne – Rebirth I’m [a guest performer] on that one. And I just like that he was able to cross over into rock/pop a little bit. I’m a fan of when people do what you don’t expect. Mariah Carey I always have Mariah for when I just feel like curling up in bed. On her last album, it’s “H.A.T.E.U.” Beyonce – “Poison” When I tell you it gives me life, like, it gives me life. Her voice is effortless. It’s badass, like, “I know I’m the best.” I love the melody, I love the cadence. It’s playful, but it’s just so in-your-face. It’s dope and it’s creative. Rihanna – Good Girl Gone Bad I love “Sell Me Candy.” That’s one of my freakin’ favorites. Timbaland produced. I love that and “Rehab.” (Rap-Up)
Aside from other artists’ music, Minaj is currently prepping the release of her debut, Pink Friday.
“Things happen really quickly, and you should take a moment and absorb it,” she says in a Live Q&A with Billboard.com on Friday (Aug 6). “To be honest, the last year of my life, I can’t tell you where it began and ended, or what happened in between. I can’t remember dates, I just keep going. I didn’t realize things would move so quickly…Life is about growth and I don’t want to remain the same my whole life — I want to be able to change. I respect people that love ’07 Nicki, and I’m definitely going to give you some stuff on ‘Pink Friday,’ I won’t forget anybody. But I have to be true to me — I started seeing different things, going to different places, eating different things. It would be fraudulent to rap the same way and look the same way, because I’m not the same. Period.” (Singersroom)
Earlier this month, Minaj said the debut has already surpassed her own expectations.
“The album is progressing miraculously, I would say,” Minaj said in an interview. “It’s coming out way better than I could even have imagined or dreamed or hoped for…It’s been very exciting to finally just make music that I love and not really having to incorporate myself on someone else’s record…I’ve been having a really great time…I have a record called ‘Right Through Me’ that I think will be a standout. It’s not gonna come right now. It’ll come closer to when the album drops, but it’s a really, really pretty song. Everyone’s gonna like it…It’s just really insightful but in a very conversational kind of way.” (MTV)
Next month, Minaj will be competing at the annual Video Music Awards ceremony.
Best New Artist: Ke$ha, “Tik Tok” Jason Derulo, “In My Head” Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris, “Baby” Nicki Minaj featuring Sean Garrett, “Massive Attack” Broken Bells, “The Ghost Inside” (Entertainment Weekly)
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