Nicki Minaj Talks ‘Married Life’ & Being a Female in the Rap World With Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne delivered another episode of his Young Money Radio on Apple Music Friday (June 12), featuring an all-star cast of guests including T-Pain, Nicki Minaj, Damien Lillard, Noreaga and Lil Duval.

Weezy and his longtime pal, whom he introduced as « the First Lady of Young Money and the Queen of every f—ing thing, » delved into a chat about being a female in the rap game. Wayne recalled that when he signed Nicki to his label back in 2009, people told him not to sign a woman.

« It was getting someone to take you serious, and that was the whole thing I was worried about, » Minaj explained. « I didn’t know if you would take me serious, because at the time people had really given up on female rappers. »

« I just knew I was going to make it, so I was enjoying the groundwork of it and I was working super hard, » she continued. « I think people don’t realize the work that goes into it. Because if you’re not going to work, why bother? »

Wayne went on to give himself and Nicki props for the most Hot 100 entries with Drake and Elvis Presley–plus congratulating Minaj on her chart topping « Say So » remix with Doja Cat. « I have never built my career on whether or not something goes number one, » Minaj replied. « Most of the things that stick forever in rap, they don’t go number one. »

On how « the married life is treating her, » Minaj gushed over her new husband Kenneth Petty. « I didn’t think it would be as refreshing and calming as it is, » she explained. « Even if you’re not married, when you have someone who feels like your soulmate or someone who understands you, you feel on top of the world. »

Listen to the full episode here.


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