Nicki Minaj Discusses Women Being Entrepreneurs and Her Admiration for Jay Z in ‘Marie Claire’ Cover Story
Hip-hop’s reigning queen Nicki Minaj has built her empire from the streets of Jamaica, Queens up to the No. 6 spot on Forbes’ 2016 Hip-Hop Cash Kings list. Her evolution from street mixtape rhymer to pop powerhouse with “Anaconda,” which hit No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, has solidified her rank among her male counterparts. In her November cover shoot for Marie Claire, the Queens native is all about women’s empowerment, and confesses her admiration for Jay Z’s hustle.
Nicki Minaj has always encouraged women to be be their own boss, and have a sense of independence, instead of looking for cop-outs like “marrying into money”.
Minaj has also pocketed a few collaborations with Beyonce, like the “Flawless (Remix)” and “Feeling Myself” off Nicki’s 2014 LP The Pinkprint, and says she feels “inspired” when the two artists work together.
Though she seeks the same opportunities her fellow rappers have, she’s found a way to look past the industry’s faults in order to build her empire, and has modeled her career after one of hip-hop’s true moguls: Jay Z. “He did such a great job being an authentic street guy and a businessman, and I was like, ‘Why aren’t there women doing that, taking the success from rap and channeling it into their empire?'” she confesses about the Brooklyn-bred lyricist. “I felt like anything he could do, I could do.”