“People keep talking to me about the criticism, but when I go on twitter, 85% of it is positive reinforcement.”
In this online Breakfast Club exclusive, Nicki Minaj discusses Irv Gotti’s early role in her career, people telling her not to sign with Young Money, asking not to release her debut album in November, reaction to the blogs and critics, love from her fans and more.
“The reason I never made stupid decisions in terms of my record deals, Irv got me with top lawyers early in the game… I’m still with them lawyers now.”
“I got my own buzz, I did my own thing. You can’t expect Wayne to make you, and this goes for everybody, nobody’s going to make you into a Nicki Minaj, so please stop thinking that. I was paying for my own mixtapes, going to the studio, paying my own studio time, and I was doing shows I was doing 4 shows a week.”
“I got a lot of help along the way. I got help from Deb [Antney], Waka’s mom. I would meet great people and they would help me. But for the most part, it was me own Twitter, me on these social networks, me just interacting with my fans that got this all started.”
“Once I got stirred it up, Baby and Slim was like, ‘You dropping your album in November.’ And I was like, ‘No, please don’t make me drop my album in November.”
“I hear all the criticism, and I take it with a grain of salt.”
Previously: The Breakfast Club interviews Nicki Minaj