You never know where the grind will take you so keep hustlin’. That’s the sort of advice that has catapulted Nicki Minaj from a relative unknown the top of the rap game and now, the cover of TIME magazine.
Lil Wayne said this about Nicki, who is also credited as a “Time 100” Icon:
You know, in New York they used to have these street DVDs. It just so happened that I appeared in one, and when I looked at the finished product, Nicki Minaj was on a part of the DVD. I was like, “Woooooow!” She was just being Nicki without the glitz and glamour. When I heard the first two and four bars, it wasn’t even about her rapping better than any female rapper. It was about, man, she’s rapping better than other rappers—period.
I always wanted more for my artists and saw Nicki’s potential from the first moment I laid eyes on her. She’s reached far beyond everything I would have imagined. Man, she’s so influential and doing all the right things. She’s an icon, a boss and a role model to all these young girls out here on how to do it the right way. Her work ethic speaks volumes and has yielded these results. The scary thing is she’s still going. Ha! Nicki Minaj will go down as one of the best to do it in the history of music.–(Lil Wayne In The May 2016 Issue of TIME)
Congrats to Nicki, and the rest of Young Money.