Nicki Minaj may be one of the biggest stars on the planet, but the Young Money Barb hasn’t forgotten where she came from. When she first started, Nicki was making cameos on Lil Wayne’s America’s Most Wanted Tour. Now, she’s headlining her own runs.
“We’re finishing up the summer tour with 2 Chainz in America and then we’re doin’ the overseas tour with Tyga,” Nicki told MTV News when we visited the set of Waka Flocka Flame’s “Let’s Go” video in Atlanta. “I’m very, very excited about that. This is the first time I get to tour with somebody from Young Money, since I branched out on my own.
Nicki has earned a ton of accolades since her days on the road with Weezy. Not only has she earned platinum plaques for her debut album, Pink Friday, and its follow-up, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, Nicki has impacted the culture with her fashion and business moves as well. When MTV News’ Hip-Hop Brain Trust debated the list for Hottest MCs in the Game VII, Minaj came in at #4, besting her mentor Wayne who clocked in at #5. “I deserve it though, I put in work,” Nicki told us in February after the list was revealed.
With all that she has accomplished, Nicki takes pride in how far she has come. “We all were rappin’ with Wayne and doin’ our little one-minute and two-minute freestyles, so we’re real proud of what we got so far,” she said.