Lil Wayne Honors Nicki Minaj in TIME Magazine Essay
“Nicki Minaj will go down as one of the best to do it in the history of music.”
This morning, TIME Magazine dropped their magazine listing their annual 100 Most Influential People with Nicki Minaj being one of them. Not only is Minaj noted on the list, she also makes the cover. The magazine also posts a video where Nicki reflects on her upbringing and current success. Amongst Nicki, other moguls like Leonardo DiCaprio, Adele, and Ariana Grande received covers as well. Pretty nice to see DiCaprio getting some type of appreciation.
For Nicki Minaj’s cover, Lil Wayne describes his first impressions of her and how she has even exceeded his expectations. After being apart of New York street DVDs, she was introduced to Weezy, who launched her career. Her 2010 debut album, Pink Friday, and her single, “Your Love,” then topped the Billboard charts.
Read what Lil Wayne had to say about Nicki below.
“You know, in New York they used to have these street DVDs. It just so happened that I appeared in one, and when I looked at the finished product, Nicki Minaj was on a part of the DVD. I was like, “Woooooow!” She was just being Nicki without the glitz and glamour. When I heard the first two and four bars, it wasn’t even about her rapping better than any female rapper. It was about, man, she’s rapping better than other rappers—period.
I always wanted more for my artists and saw Nicki’s potential from the first moment I laid eyes on her. She’s reached far beyond everything I would have imagined. Man, she’s so influential and doing all the right things. She’s an icon, a boss and a role model to all these young girls out here on how to do it the right way. Her work ethic speaks volumes and has yielded these results. The scary thing is she’s still going. Ha! Nicki Minaj will go down as one of the best to do it in the history of music.”