Nicki Minaj for TIME’s 100 Most Influential People Issue


TIME Magazine is rolling out its annual 100 Most Influential People issue and Nicki Minaj not only made the list, but graces one of the variant covers. To mark the honor, Lil Wayne penned a short note about Nicki’s rise from a Queens mixtape rapper to Queen of pop-rap which you can read below in full.

Wayne on Nicki:

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.

Nicki on Nicki:

via TIME

Kendrick Lamar also made the list, but I guess he’s not pretty enough for a cover.

Previously: Bebe Rexha ft. Nicki Minaj – No Broken Hearts

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