This is BX @ Boxden.com


Nicki Minaj - A Star Is Born [Cover Story Excerpt, Plus Photos]


 Nicki Minaj - A Star Is Born [Cover Story Excerpt, Plus Photos]
26 topic by hiphop4ever - 04-09-2010, 11:05 AM - Boxden > The Hip-Hop Spot




Nicki Minaj is on a solo journey. True, she’s got backup from hip hop god Lil Wayne and his Young Money crew, but the rocket to female-rap stardom she’s climbed on only carries one passenger at a time.

Throughout hip-hop’s male-dominated history, women have struggled to find their collective voice. A select few have achieved rap-star status (Lil’ Kim, Foxy Brown, Eve), while a couple are bona fide superstars (Queen Latifah, Lauryn Hill). But none of that scares the 25-year-old unabashed rapstress, who has rocketed to fame since signing to Young Money/Cash Money/Universal seven months ago.

Onika Maraj’s entrance into hip-hop was generic by most artist’s standards. In 2006, the Southside Jamaica, Queens, native broke out as a new solo artist, and, after appearing on The Come Up—The Carter Edition street DVD, she caught the eyes and ears of music megastar Lil Wayne. Over the next three years, Nicki dropped two mixtapes, 2007’s Playtime Is Over and 2008’s Sucka Free. The following year, she put out her third, and most popular tape to date, Beam Me Up Scotty. While Nicki’s ties to Young Money were getting stronger, she linked up with Gucci Mane and his So Icey crew, later sharing management with the Atlanta trap star.



Over the course of 2009, the New York MC juggled double duty as the leading lady of two Southern rap cliques. In August, she officially signed to Young Money/Cash Money/Universal, approximately two months after rising star Drake signed to the same labels.

Rolling into the new decade, Nicki has stayed on course, while her fan base has grown with every guest appearance and video. First, she had a big feature on Yo Gotti’s “5 Star Chick (Remix),” alongside Gucci and Trina. Next Nicki jumped on the Robin Thicke collabo “Shakin’ It 4 Daddy.” Then, she had a major look on Mariah Carey’s “Up Out My Face,” show stopping performances on the Young Money singles “Bedrock” and “Roger That,” a feature on Wayne’s Rebirth cut “Knockout,” and her most recent prime-time moment, a starring role on Ludacris’s monster smash “My Chick Bad.”



Now it’s the Black Barbie’s time for a real takeoff. With her first official single, “Massive Attack,” for her yet-to-be-titled masterpiece debut still under wraps at press time, Nicki’s fall 2010 release is anticipated by almost as many heads as is her Young Money brother Drake’s debut, Thank Me Later. Both artists will be dropping LPs while their mentor is behind bars, unable to be there to lend his full A-list support.

On a Friday afternoon in March, a week after the cover shoot, XXL caught up with Nicki in Los Angeles to chat about her travels and shooting for the stars.

Your buzz has been growing more and more each month. How has that felt for you?

Yeah, I guess it has been growing, thank God. I dunno, it’s been an exciting whirlwind. I never really know what to expect. But the buzz has definitely been heightening, so I’m happy.



When did you first start to feel that things were coming together for you?

I definitely think that, when I shot the [“Up Out My Face”] video with Mariah Carey, I started feeling like, Wait a minute, this is not something I really ever envisioned for my life just nine months before that.

So growing up you’re a fan of hip-hop. You’re listening to it, watching it, learning to rap, and you see what the open lane is and figure how you can try to fill it? Is that how it works?

I never look at it like that; I just kinda do what I feel. I never knew what lane I would fill, [or that] I would fill a lane at all. I didn’t even really contemplate that far down the road. I just started having fun, and a lot of that came from me seeing Wayne dare to be different, and I started feeling like I can be a multifaceted rapper. I don’t have to be a one-dimensional female rapper. Once I put that in perspective, it was like everything just got easier for me, because I no longer wanted to fit in anybody’s box—I just wanted to be Nicki…



Clearly there’s an opening, because females in hip-hop come so far and few between, but the winners make an open lane out of a closed lane. The winners just say, “I am,” and it happens, and they don’t do a lot of thinking and guessing and planning about what they can do—they just do it. And that’s kinda like how I am.

You are both a new female rapper and a new rapper from New York. Do people recognize your gender more than that you’re a New York artist?

I think very often people miss that I’m from New York, and I don’t really know why that is, but I remember I said on Twitter one time, “Shout out to Queens,” and all of the gay boys thought I was talking to them, and I realized that people haven’t gotten that I’m Southside Jamaica, Queens, New York City. I feel like I say it a lot, but I guess I’m not saying it that much, or it’s that I’m so diverse and I don’t always rap with the New York accent—I switch it up, you know. People don’t see me as just repping one city or one state. I actually really like that. That was always my goal: to be able to bridge that gap, you know, whether it’s to London.

When I listen to my favorite artists, I don’t care where they’re from. When you listen to Whitney Houston, you don’t care if she’s from New Jersey or France. Like, she has an incredible voice. So I’m glad that sometimes people don’t put me [as the] “new, New York artist.” But I am very proud to rep New York. Who wouldn’t be? We’ve seen the best male and female artists, so it’s an honor to be from New York.




-well it looks like there's no stopping the queen of hip hop anytime soon...... :dancingcool::dancingcool:



Latest Hip-Hop Hot Topics »   share this topic »   Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook

36 comments for "Nicki Minaj - A Star Is Born [Cover Story Excerpt, Plus Photos]"


 04-09-2010, 11:16 AMaway - #2
KING*TITO 41 heat pts41

  d 
space
$5,123 | POWERFUL
Why she look soo white!! I thought it was lady gaga for a min..... copycat!! The most unoriginal artist I know....







































Last edited by KING*TITO; 04-09-2010 at 11:18 AM..
 04-09-2010, 11:20 AMaway - #3
hiphop4ever 3 heat pts

  d 
space
$11,618 | POWERFUL
-AND THE YEAR OF THE BARBIE CONTINUES......




:dancingcool::dancingcool::dancingcool:
 04-09-2010, 11:22 AMaway - #4
smurfdoran 20 heat pts20

  d 
space
$2,743 | 11030613
man its like every pix i see. it makes her look uglier. just show me tha a** and !!.
 04-09-2010, 11:25 AMaway - #5
Yelloboy27 

  d 
space
$633 | 0


 04-09-2010, 11:26 AMaway - #6
supervillain 185 heat pts185

  d 
space
$11,524 | POWERFUL
the most disturbing !! about this thread is the thread starter who is a dude using pink font..........
 04-09-2010, 11:26 AMonline - #7
NuffGanja 22 heat pts22

  d 
space
$11,968 | POWERFUL
The photographer of these pics is dope and Blonde minaj >>> Green minaj. Your pink font is over exaggerated and wigs are scary.
 04-09-2010, 11:34 AMaway - #8
KDshortkid 3 heat pts

  d 
space
$2,045 | POWERFUL
YouTube - Lil B-Pretty chick OFF 6 Kiss PREMIRE ON WWW.SOULJABOYFANS.COM
 04-09-2010, 11:35 AMaway - #9
Htown_Koopa 

  d 
space
$2,662 | POWERFUL
Who the !! is this !!? Everytime I come in this site there is news about her. Ive never heard of her outside the internet.
 04-09-2010, 11:36 AMaway - #10
hiphop4ever 3 heat pts

  d 
space
$11,618 | POWERFUL
Originally Posted by smurfdoran
man its like every pix i see. it makes her look uglier. just show me tha a** and !!.
 04-09-2010, 11:51 AMaway - #11
supervillain 185 heat pts185

  d 
space
$11,524 | POWERFUL
Originally Posted by hiphop4ever
damn, thats some embarassing !!...nicca pulled his card on camera..nicca in white should just hang it up...

wheres the full vid?
 04-09-2010, 12:03 PMaway - #12
Keno024 6 heat pts

  d 
space
$4,214 | 9752169
Originally Posted by hiphop4ever
My mans in the white put his head down......nicca in CHECK!
 04-09-2010, 01:14 PMaway - #13
hiphop4ever 3 heat pts

  d 
space
$11,618 | POWERFUL
Originally Posted by Yelloboy27


 04-09-2010, 01:23 PMaway - #14
kingstown04 1 heat pts

  d 
space
$8,113 | POWERFUL
Originally Posted by Yelloboy27
 04-09-2010, 01:35 PMaway - #15
hiphop4ever 3 heat pts

  d 
space
$11,618 | POWERFUL
Originally Posted by Htown_Koopa
Who the !! is this !!? Everytime I come in this site there is news about her. Ive never heard of her outside the internet.
 04-09-2010, 01:36 PMaway - #16
e117v1 

  d 
space
$1,206 | 13494773
Originally Posted by KING*TITO
Why she look soo white!! I thought it was lady gaga for a min..... copycat!! The most unoriginal artist I know....
]
lady gaga this chick, all the same...(minus the multi plat. records)
 04-09-2010, 01:42 PMaway - #17
kingstown04 1 heat pts

  d 
space
$8,113 | POWERFUL
Originally Posted by hiphop4ever
 04-09-2010, 01:42 PMaway - #18
IKeepsItTrill100 281 heat pts281

  d 
space
$2,948 | POWERFUL
hiphop4ever just won't quit.

 04-09-2010, 01:44 PMaway - #19
J2hott23 45 heat pts45

  d 
space
$1,461 | POWERFUL
Originally Posted by hiphop4ever
-AND THE YEAR OF THE BARBIE CONTINUES......




:dancingcool::dancingcool::dancingcool:
Tell me those are not your nails brah
 04-09-2010, 01:51 PMaway - #20
Swisher sweet 87 heat pts87

  d 
space
$15,790 | POWERFUL
Originally Posted by NuffGanja
The photographer of these pics is dope and Blonde minaj >>> Green minaj. Your pink font is over exaggerated and wigs are scary.
Yea the photography is dope, they did the Monroe thing well.

Originally Posted by imsothoed

Plz tell me that is not real
 
 


Go Back   Boxden.Com - Stay First. Follow BX. > BX Table Of Contents > The Hip-Hop Spot
    
         

 



Latest hot topics on fire the past 48 hrs
Image inside  These 11's Tho>>>>>
93 comments
Hopkins-Shumenov//Porter-Malignaggi//Quillin-Konecny[4-19-14][S..
180 comments
NBA Official Oklahoma City Thunder (2) vs Memphis Grizzlies ..
288 comments
  What Is Your Age And What Are You Top 20 Favorite Hip-...
New reply 9 minutes ago - 93 comments - by Pitts Gutta
 NBA Hawks Vs Pacers - Nba Playoffs - Round #1 Eastern Conf...
New reply 27 minutes ago - 1040 comments - by katalist
 Video inside Drake Just Took A Shot At Jay During The Nets/raptors ...
New reply 13 minutes ago - 185 comments - by demari
 NBA Eastern Conference 1st Round: #3 Toronto Raptors (48-3...
New reply 28 minutes ago - 1497 comments - by maxnn
 Image(s) inside Survived 2 Ab0rtions...
New reply 21 minutes ago - 66 comments - by chris21
 Video inside Papoose Explains His Thoughts About Jay-z On Vlad Tv
New reply 30 minutes ago - 52 comments - by strungout
 MMA Ufc On Fox 11: Werdum Vs. Browne
New reply 22 minutes ago - 275 comments - by Jago
  "i Didn't Speak To Jay For 2 Weeks After Ether&qu...
New reply 30 minutes ago - 197 comments - by YungPrinceNY

Like BX on Facebook Follow BX on Twitter
5,704 fans of BX and 2 new today 4,651 following and 2 new today

hot topic blog   »    hip-hop   |   sports   |   movies   |   games   |   news   |   wild'ish   |   gear   |   rides   |   tech

contact us   |   mobile   |   privacy statement

© Boxden.com. 1998 - end of time.