You have to just be honest with your music and what you’re talking about. That’s really most important to me.
It was a really cool experience. I never thought I’d be able to sing Drake his song, so that was for sure something I’ll remember forever.
Everything is derived from my journal. I don’t want to sing about things I don’t know about. I’m a very open person. We have some really dope songs. I’m so excited.
Originally we planned to stay independent, but we kept getting so many calls from different labels. It was very overwhelming, but really what it came down to is we found people that felt like family. I didn’t want to get trapped in a deal where I felt like I wasn’t making any of the decisions because I know what I want and I don’t want to be pushed around.
‘Red Love’ was a little bit of an awkward one to write. It’s a really close song to my heart. The song wasn’t about debating whether or not to take your relationship further. It’s about how you took it as far as you wanted to — and you kind of regretted it after.
I’m still one of the only MCs out here that’s spittin metaphors and making you think and I really don’t even care if I get my credit or if I don’t. I don’t look at myself as a female rapper cause I know what I do.
I sang to Nicole [Scherzinger] from the Pussycat Dolls. That was an amazing moment. It was hard to take my eyes off of her because she’s so gorgeous.
Where words fail, music speaks.
What I want the world to know about Nicki Minaj is when Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it.
I’ve just never stopped making music. I love making music. That’s what I love to do. So I don’t feel like there’s any need to take a break unless I want to.
There’s no competing with Lady Gaga. You don’t even try stepping in her lane. She’ll just fucking run you over. She eats, breathes and shits that stuff.
Be my guitar hero, play me like Lenny. Strummin me legendary, play me like Jimmy. Teach me a new song, boy I know plenty. Play me like a rock star, strummin on my guitar. Oooh it’s getting intense. Make me hear doves cry, play me like Prince. And now you playin me, so I guess I gotta sing. Get down get down guitar hero, yeah.
I just hope that I’m forgiven for carin’ bout how they livin’ and loanin’ a little money and keepin’ em outta prison, I aint lyin’ in my verses, I’m just tellin’ you the basics of growin’ up wit ya friends and becomin’ the one that made it.
Nickel for my thoughts, dimes in my bed. Quarters of the kush shape the lines in my head.
Got a bad bitch who be bartendin’, couple homies that gang bang. I’ll get on anybody track and hit that bitch wit that Wayne train.
Why is it not Hip Hop when I do it?
Why everybody else can have a war, have beef within the music, talk about differences and “it’s okay, it’s music, it’s Hip Hop, it’s grown breaking”. When I do it, “it’s WAR”.
Everybody that thinks that I disrespected or.. I LOVE my East coast fans, I’m from there. I’m eatin New York pizza, I drive New York jeeps, wanna hear New York…. but I’m sayin let’s keep it real for a second. If you half the lover of music that you are, STUDY. Go back and study. Study how Party and Bullshit was me BEFORE I met Biggie. You don’t hear my style in his rap. Study how AFTER I met Biggie, Ready 2 Die come out, his whole style change. STUDY. Study why I would be mad! Study why I would be mad when half of New York, half of the major New York rappers or they managers or they agents or they SOMEbody was there when I got shot and nobody could give me no information. Just study that! Study how when Wu-Tang got their chain snatched at 6-6-deuce, I not only found WHO did it, but gave them the message that if they wanna see the niggas that did it they could see em! Man to Man! Just you and them, no guns no nothin. If you feel like that. That’s all I asked for.
People haven’t always been there for me but music always has.
I just loved everything about what singing was, how it made me feel. I would sit my friends down and start running around with the hairbrush for a microphone. I would pretend I was making videos. The minute I discovered it, it became an obsession.