Lil’ Wayne Introduces Nicki Minaj
Yeah, you are going to hear a bunch of more-than-just-friendly shout-outs to the ladies — Nicki says she loves the girls and has no problem surrounding herself with “bad bitches.”
“A bad bitch is an exclusive, smart girlie-girl who holds her own,” she explained. Minaj is from the same Southside Queens neighborhood as Mixtape Daily co-founder and host Shaheem Reid.
“Seeing a lot of crackheads — a lot of drug dealers,” she said, describing the neighborhood when she was growing up. “I was on crack. I went to rehab. … No, I spit that crack. That’s what I meant.”
Minaj attended LaGuardia High School — the performing arts school on which the movie “Fame” was based — where she studied not music, but acting. She got into rapping after hanging around all her dudes who rhymed.
“I used to make stuff up and spit it and eventually just started getting dope — I think people just started taking me serious,” she said. Nicki was discovered by Lil Wayne a couple of years after the New Orleans MC saw her on the street DVD “On the Come Up.” “I was OK, but I wasn’t focusing on the music. I was doing pictures and stuff like that, so people knew me more for pictures than my music,” she continued. “But with the Beam Me Up Scotty mixtape, they have to take me seriously as an artist. So, I would say maybe a year ago, I started sharpening my skills. Recently, I’ve been singing more. Now it’s official — it’s going down like ‘Town Julie Brown.”