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Young Money star Nicki Minaj recently killed the assumption she is a rap-only performer and said singing has been a part of her arsenal even before reaching mainstream succcess.
In Minaj’s perspective, she has only recently undergone scrutiny in light of pop success.
She finishes off the sentence for me. “…You hear me singing. And that’s the thing. I really want you to write that. Because it’s the most bullsh*t thing I’ve ever heard – you liked me only when I was doing rap. I never only did rap. My first single was called ‘Your Love,’ and it was a pop song. I did a song called ‘Knockout’ with Lil Wayne about three years ago. Nobody said anything about that. Why? Because it didn’t become huge like ‘Starships.’ That’s what irritates me. People always want to talk about who I was, but I’ve always been singing, always been experimenting with pop music. So the fact that it got huge one day, should I apologize for that? Should I apologize that ‘Starships’ and ‘Super Bass’ did well, and children like them, and Middle America can sing along? There’s nothing wrong with that. I’m just broadening my fan base. I think everyone should enjoy music.” If she wants to duet on a power ballad with Rihanna, that’s her choice, she says. (The Guardian)
In March, the platinum-selling rapper addressed her so-called pop tag.
“I guess I am pop culture just because what I’m doing seems to be popular. When people want to do what you’re doing, it’s kinda popular,” she reasoned. “I don’t ask girls to wear pink hair; they just do it. It’s not about black or white; I think it’s just a statement. It doesn’t matter which color you are; it’s just a statement of being fearless.” (MTV)
A week prior, Minaj questioned fans’ perspectives and claimed she is capable of making both pop and urban records.
“I would hope that people know at this point that I’m smart enough to know what I’m doing all the time. But I guess they still kind of waiver. I always intended on putting out something urban after ‘Starships,’ because I knew ‘Starships’ was a monster,” she explained. “Maybe it would be a problem if I couldn’t deliver records like ‘Roman Reloaded,’ but I can. I write my own lyrics. Once again, I write my own lyrics. So it’s never a problem. Whatever I feel, I can write, I can create it. So I’m good. I think people sometimes get blown away by the magnitude of the pop stuff, because the pop stuff, it reaches everywhere and then I feel like my hip-hop fans or hip-hop culture starts getting a little bit afraid that I’m going to leave. But this is who I am. I’m not going to change – I’m just adding on to my brand. And if you don’t understand that, then it’s probably why you don’t travel and you don’t see the world and I probably can’t even have a conversation with you anymore.” (Hot 97)
Pop or not, Cash Money Records boss Birdman recently dished out Minaj’s greatness as a global artist.
“I say she is, but if she’s not today, within time she will be. No female ever will be able to sell more records than her, have more singles than her, have more number one singles than her, have more awards–no more nothing. She had the most singles by a female last year. Her accomplishments are gonna speak for themselves. I can say that now because that’s just her first album but she’s only growing and getting bigger and bigger. She’s a global artist. She’s a student to the game. She’s hard-body with her workload.” (Complex)