Nicki Minaj is the biggest star in hip-hop right now and her debut LP Pink Friday currently sits at no. 1 and no. 8 on Billboard’s Rap Albums and 200 charts, respectively. But the MC is still digesting her moment of being well known and signed to Young Money. Barbie spoke to MTV News about how genuinely shocked she is from all of her good fortune.
“[I] never imagined that Young Money/ Cash Money would be the hip-hop crew,” Minaj said. “To be signed to them is one thing, but to be signed to them when they’re at their height, when this has become like an insane movement? No, I never imagined that, because when Wayne first called and reached out, I thought it was a joke.”
Her continued surprise at becoming a pop culture princess shows how significant her upcoming single and video, “Moment 4 Life,” is to her because the track sums up how hard she worked in her career. The hook of the song, produced by Canada’s T-Minus, brings us into her state of euphoria.
“I wish that I could have this moment for life, for life, for life, ‘Cause in this moment I just feel so alive, alive, alive,” she sings.
Straying away from the standard rap song construction of three verses and a hook, Nicki performs a brain-dump of sorts on the track, spitting as if she’s making a speech to both her fans and detractors.
“I fly with the stars in the skies, I am no longer trying to survive, I believe that life is a prize, but to live doesn’t mean you’re alive/ Don’t worry bout me and who I fire, I get what I desire it’s my empire, and yes I call the shots I am the umpire, I sprinkle holy water upon a vampire, vampire/ And this very moment I’m king, this very moment I slay Goliath with a sling, this very moment I bring, put it on everything that I will retire with the ring/ And I will retire with the crown, Yes! No I’m not lucky I’m blessed, Yes! Clap for the heavyweight champ, Me! But I couldn’t do it all alone, We!/ Young Money raised me, grew up out in Baisley/ Southside Jamaica, Queens and it’s crazy, cuz I’m still hood, Hollywood couldn’t change me, shout out to my haters, sorry that you couldn’t faze me/Ain’t being cocky we just vindicated, best believe that when we’re done this moment will be syndicated, I don’t know/ This night just reminds me of everything that they deprived me of/ Put ya drinks up, it’s a celebration every time we link up, we done did everything they can think of, greatness is what we on the brink of.”
Addressing issues like firing her former manager Deb Antney and making enough money to support herself and buy her mother a house, shown on her MTV “My Time Now” documentary, fans are allowed entry into Nicki’s psyche. Shooting her latest clip for “Moment” is a great toast to her achievements with Pink Friday .
“A part of me expected it [the success], because I wanted it so bad, but I never saw all of this,” Minaj said.