Nicki Minaj Explains Why She Sees Kanye West As "The King"


(AllHipHop News) Nicki Minaj has traded bars with some of the biggest Hip Hop stars in the business. The leader of the Barbz has collaborated with Lil Wayne, Drake, Jay Z, Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, and numerous others. Nicki recently took the time to highlight one particular rap peer as musical royalty.

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While speaking with Capital FM, the “Feeling Myself” performer was asked about Kanye West acknowledging she out rapped him on the posse cut “Monster.” Nicki responded by offering high praise to Ye as well.

“It’s sort of amazing. I keep saying that Kanye – he gave me an amazing opportunity, and because of that I feel like he outshines everyone. He puts people in a position to do better,” said Minaj. “When you are an artist and you can do that for people, then you are the king. You are the one. And that’s how I look at him.”

Nicki goes on to add that she did not expect any other artists – besides her Young Money boss Lil Wayne – to give her a huge platform like “Monster.” The My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy track also featured Jay Z and Rick Ross. The song is often cited as Nicki Minaj’s breakout performance on a record.

Kanye has even admitted he felt Nicki’s contribution to “Monster” was so strong that he considered cutting the verse from the album. The GOOD Music head eventually put his ego aside and decided to keep Nicki on the track.

“I thought about taking Nicki’s verse off of ‘Monster’ because I knew people would say that was the best verse on the best Hip Hop album of all time or arguably top ten albums of all time,” said Kanye. “So if I let my ego get the best of me instead of letting that girl get the shot, to get that platform to be all she could be, I would take it off or marginalize her, try to stop her from having that shining moment.”

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