Nicki Minaj has just been listed among this year’s TIME Most Influential People. The ‘Pinkprint’ rapper was honoured for her contributions to the arts, music, fashion and pop culture. The rapper who real name is Onika Maraj has also stirred conversations with her famous butt; her video ‘Anaconda’ remains the most controversial as it has earned her both praise and heavy criticisms.
And so, it didn’t come as a surprise when the Trinidadian was included in this year’s list of most influential people. According to Lil Wayne who wrote the blurb describing the rapper:
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.