Nicki Minaj has paid her fair share of dues since dominating hip-hop in 2010. But the girl from Queens says she couldn’t have done it without her mentor Lil Wayne. The head Barbie-in-charge told Interview Magazine that the thought isn’t even imaginable.
On life without Wayne's mentorship:
"I don't ever want to imagine that. I can't even imagine my career, um, my creative spirit without Wayne. I credit him with a lot of what I do. Prior to him, no one relevant in hip-hop really gave me that support. I feel like I'm still intertwined with him creatively.
Before I met Wayne, the person that was spearheading my career was the one person who always told me, "Don't be too playful, don't be too kooky and weird... no one's gonna feel that, nobody wants to hear that." So I stifled a lot of that early on, and then once that we parted ways, I was like, "Guess what, I'm gonna just be me."
On gender with Wayne:
"Even though Wayne is my mentor, I've never gone to Wayne and asked him, "Hey Wayne, could you write me a rap?" That makes me just like one of the boys, you know? My work ethic is just like their work ethic, and I don't have to wait on them to tell me to what to say. And I think that's a big part of it."