On the first line of "Only":
"I was joking. I was tryna write on that beat and couldn't figure nothing out."
On working with Drake and Lil' Wayne:
I played ["Only"] for wayne first. Drake heard me and Wayne's verse. When you're dealing with greatness, icons and geniuses, we don't have to tell each other to start the rap that way. It's just greatness. It just happens."
On putting Chris Brown on the hook:
"I would never surprise Drake. I'm not corny. I thought everything was fine. I liked Chris' tone for that hook."
On "All Things Go":
"I needed to say certain things that people needed to hear. It had to be something intelligent but easy to understand."
On her cousin's death:
"I remember the last time I saw him, he told me how uncomfy he felt by how people were treating me. [He said], 'Don't let nobody come around you and use you.' I had never expressed my guilt. I love [the song] but I hate it. It's hard for me to listen to it. Every time I listen, I relive the pain and guilt."
On Wayne wanting out of Cash Money:
"I was very surprised. I knew there was stuff goin' on. I didn't know Wayne was that angry about it ... [I have a] fantastic relationship with Baby. One of the most genuine dudes I came across in the business and I love Wayne. It's one of those situations where [I'm like] what do you say? Your two brothers? But I know they'll work it out."
On YMCMB being a dysfunctional family:
"You know what? Of course we are. There's a real thin line between genius and crazy. Everyone in this business is a little fuckin' crazy including me and I know that. I never been able to put my finger on it."
On becoming a mom in the future:
"[I've only] gone on a 2-day vacation. I'm a workaholic and that's the only thing I worry about because when will I be a mommy? I think about humongous female icons we loved that had no children—like Janet [Jackson]. Do they feel guilty? I wanna ask older women in the business ... I love what Beyoncé has been able to do but I personally really want to have a child and focus on the child and see what it's like."
On work-life balance:
"I lost a big part of my life because I was a workaholic ... I take care of my whole family so if I gotta choose between working my ass off and giving one human my attention, you might get forgotten sometimes ... I got the weight of the world on my shoulders. I can't depend on any else ... You have to find the right partner."
"You really start reflecting and looking forward like, 'Whoa.' You gotta have communication. It's so important. Sometimes you can be next to someone for hours and not communicate. Sometimes you can speak to someone for 10 minutes and be like, 'They get it!'"
"I want someone to appreciate how hard i work. It's so seldom that you will meet a woman that's like, 'I got you.' And we love each other very much but it's both ways—I'm not an angel but my point for any man I run off to the sunset with: I'm not like the chicks in the street that wanna take from you. I don't wanna take from you. I wanna give you everything I need. If I'm just the only one giving then maybe in someways a man can't be with me because [maybe] he doesn't wanna get the upliftment he needs as a man. You gotta be that man in order for me to treat you like a man ... I'm never gonna give you what you don't deserve. At the same time, we're talking about my best friend."
On missing family moments:
I cried for weeks about [missing my] brother's graduation. I don't fuckin' want fame. I want to do music. I don't want to be seen or in anyone's pictures."
On mom wanting to be a part of the industry:
"My mother wants to be in this thing now and I don't want this for anybody I love. I know what the shit feels like."
On almost not signing to Young Money:
Right before signed, Wayne called me and he never spoke to me like this before: 'I heard you not thinkin' about signin' to Young Money. You serious? You need to get you mind right. I was at the beauty parlor and he was at a basketball game, barkin' on me." Deb was like, 'Don't sign to Young Money. Wayne is an artist.' I spoke to Irv Gotti and he was like, 'Fuck all that shit. You gon' be the hottest chick with the hottest clique.' ... I was like fuck the money. I need to be with Wayne based off loyalty. He was the first person to shout me out and give me my props."
On that one time she was kicked off Young Money:
"When Wayne kicked me outta Young Money, he had Mack [Maine] do it. The way Mack sounded, it was bad and I knew Wayne was sittin' in the back prolly ... I sent a really heartfelt email. 'You don't understand, Wayne, how much I sacrifice, how much I love you.' I said a whole bunch of shit. 'Please give me another chance.'"
On her "Monster" feature:
"I felt like [people] only accepted it 'cause Kanye and Jay was on it. 'Cause if it was only me, y'all wouldn't have given me my props then. I been ill. I been that bitch. I been bodying bitches and niggas. I didn't get ill on 'Monster' and people that are geniuses and icons like Kanye recognized my genius."
On her animated raps:
"I've always been animated. I've always loved acting. I've always been playful. Rap got too easy for me. I wanted to up the ante. I wanted to do voices and flows that made things interesting."
On co-signing Young Thug and Rae Sremmurd:
"They're animated but if you listen close, they be sayin' shit. i listen for bars. I know the average person don't give a fuck about bars but thats a reason why we love Jay and Biggie. What I loved about Jay was that he made me think, 'Ooh that was smart.' I'm not inspired by a bunch of people who are stupid."
On working with Beyoncé:
"It felt the same 'cause with "Flawless," we did a lot of back and forth, getting arrangements. Beyoncé would always tell me what she loves me about something i did. Sometimes, she'll shorten things. There was one part where I was like, 'You sound so sexy, Beyoncé, please don't take it out.' I begged her to keep it in. You just fall in love with her. Even at her level, she's willing to compromise. she really cares as much as I did. I be thinkin' 'I know exactly how you feel and I respect it.' ... If a woman is picky, people only see it as bitching. I only see it as genius, grace and power."
On her mission:
"I am the greatest female rapper right now but it is humbling because the people made me that. No matter how skilled you are, the people ordain you. I'm very grateful thats why i go extra hard. I don't want people to ever think, 'She's slackin'.' I love the fact that now people are still like 'she went in' and there will never be a day where that won't happen ... I just know now they'll never forget me. They'll never be able to dispute my skill ... I just want to be respected by my peers, the biggest rappers in the game. I really take this serious. This is not manufactured by a record label. You saw me struggling on the Internet and doing the thing way back when. Now I'm here."
"Men are like children."
Watch the live exchange courtesy of WatchLOUD below.
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