Shock to the heart. No Main Pick today. We decided to fall back in order to make our grand announcement that we start rolling out picks for the 2009 Hottest MCs in the Game on Monday, August 17. Get on point, get your arguments ready — we look forward to hearing from you about our picks.
Mixtape Daily still goes, though. Today, [artist id="510062"]Lil Wayne's[/artist] gorgeous It girl, [artist id="3055069"]Nicki Minaj[/artist], makes her return to these parts. She has a few stories to share about her and the crew getting down onstage and off and what they've been cooking up in the studio.
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Nicki Minaj and [artist id="2545682"]Drake[/artist] roll like brothers and sisters. So it was no surprise when Nicki told us about a playful spat they had on tour at the Young Money Presents: America's Most Wanted Music Festival.
"Actually I think [artist id="2545682"]Drake[/artist] is wack and I don't think he deserves [his accolades]," she joked. "I'm sorry. We just had a fight in the back. I was about to punch him dead in his face. [One of his mangers] Cortez intervened."
Minaj got a little more serious, clarifying that she and Drake do not have any gripes with one another. They are thick as thieves.
"We're super-close," she explained. "Before all of this started, I would tell him, 'You're a star.' And he'd be like, 'You're a star.' And we'd kinda been each other's biggest fans. To see his dreams come into fruition, it makes me very happy. And my mentor is the great Lil Wayne. I have great influences around me right now. I'm looking to raise the bar and not let them down."
Nicki's one of the featured acts on Lil Wayne's Young Money family album, dropping the same day as his solo LP The Rebirth on November 24. Minaj already has a few favorite tracks.
"There's a song called 'Girl You Know,' " she revealed. "I'm just gonna say the Barbie dolls are gonna love it. I think Omarion is on that one. Of course, Tyga, [Jae] Millz and Drake, Gudda Gudda, Wayne. It was so well put together. I think that's gonna be a big one. We have another one called 'Young Money' salute. Not sure if that one's gonna become a single, but it's real spittin'. It brings us back to times when he had teams that where invincible, like the Bad Boy movement, the Cash Money movement."
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