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Nicki Minaj is named as one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People

by Tasharna Brown-Taylor Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

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TIME magazine revealed their 100 Most Influential People and Nicki Minaj has landed the cover.

The ‘Anaconda’ rapper nabbed a spot in the Icons category with Time naming her a ‘chart breaker’. In a behind the scenes interview Nicki talks about her career, being a boss,  encouraging woman,  collaborating with Beyonce and many more.

Read below:

On wanting to be her own boss and how woman should be unapologetic about asking for more money:

“One thing I learned along the way in business is the necessity for you to be unapologetic about asking for how much money you deserve,” said Nicki. “At a very early stage in my rap career, I was making six figures for shows…If I heard there was another rapper making that, I thought, ‘you know what? I get out there and demand or command a crowd. I get out there and make my fans happy. I get out there and give a real show. I want that, too.’ And I pushed myself to be better with my showmanship, but I also decided, you know what? I want to be compensated well.”

On how woman should stand behind their work ethic and go after what they want:

“I would tell women starting out in business, if you know you’re great at what you do, don’t ever be ashamed to ask for the top dollar in your field,” said Nicki. “If I’m great at what I do, I can’t be denied. Some things may be overlooked but no one can deny my brand, and that’s the words of wisdom I would give to other young women.”

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On her collaborations with Beyonce:

“Whenever I do something with her, I can feel the impact online and in the venue, wherever we are,” said Nicki. “It just feels like young women are being empowered and inspired because I think it says a lot when you see two young women at the top of their field, whether they’re black or white, it just means a lot when you see them owning who they are and owning the business.”

Nicki’s mentor and the CEO of  Young Money Lil Wayne also had a chat with TIME about discovering Nicki and knowing she would be something great. He said:

“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.”

He added,

“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.”

Other influential people who nabbed a spot on the list include Taraji P. Henson (Artist), Kendrick Lamar (Artist), Steph Curry (Titan), Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (Pioneer),  Idris Elba (Artist), Ryan Coogler (Artist), Ta-Nehisi Coates (Artist), Ryan Coogler (Artist), and President Barack Obama (Leader).

Photo credit- TIME


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