Nicki Minaj has recently set down with XXL to promote her new album. She also talked about Eminem and his influence on her. You can read and watch the interview below:
XXL: Who have been the most important hip hop artists over the past twenty years?
Nicki Minaj: I think so many artists have been important for so many different reasons. But as a fan of rap and hip hop, I think I would say the people that have influenced me the most with the way I rap, that would definitely be Lil Wayne, Jay Z, Foxy Brown and Eminem.
XXL: What has your role been in hip hop?
Nicki Minaj: My role in hip-hop has been super unique. On my first album, I had features with Eminem and Kanye West. I had been on Kanye West’s album on a feature with Jay Z. I had so many big names on that first album. I do not think that has ever been done before on a female’s rap album. For everybody – humongous artists – to sort of cosign them, and give them that stamp of approval. I remember every time I wrote a verse to “Roman’s Revenge” and sent it to Eminem, he would send a new verse back. It was competitive. It was fun. I think all the big, male artists also treated me with a sense of respect as a MC. They took me serious. If they were on a track with me, they knew they had to come hard.
Watch the new interview below and read the full interview on XXL here.