“I had this conversation, ‘Kanye West is gonna hate me,’ ” Minaj told MTV News. “[But] I met him and it was, ‘Oh, come here, I want you to look at these naked girls.’ Kanye West is everything that I didn’t think he was, and a genius.”
Minaj and West collaborated on two tracks for West’s forthcoming My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and the Queens lyricist supplies the opening narration for ‘Ye’s short film “Runaway.”
After having worked with West, the Queens lyricist said she learned to appreciate his passion for music.
“He doesn’t limit himself,” she explained. “I heard him say the other day, not in these words, ‘I’m not doing this for the masses, I’m not doing this for mainstream, you have to come to me, come get this art if you want it.’ I think that’s important for all artists to feel that way — we make so many changes because we want to please everybody. But at the end of the day, you can’t please everybody.”
Lady Gaga is no stranger to hip-hop and R&B collaborations, lending her talents to efforts from Kid Cudi, Wale and Beyoncé. While Gaga hasn’t jumped on a record with rap’s reigning collabo mistress, Nicki Minaj, the Young Money lyricist says she’s down to change that.
During her “RapFix Live” interview, Minaj revealed she would be interested in jumping on a track with Gaga — especially if it’s guaranteed to be a monster.
“I’m inspired by her creativity,” Minaj said. “The women in the game, I never say I would never work with them because, in fact, if there’s an opportunity for me to work with them, and it’s a way that we can kill the game and do something crazy, why would I turn that down?”
The Young Money diva added, “I love collaborating with artists. I’ve been a feature queen for the last year, right?”