In an interview Wednesday (August 11) with New York hip-hop station Hot 97, Kanye West played new music, gave Nicki Minaj accolades and revealed a few nuggets of news to host Angie Martinez.
The first revelation: West will put out a remix of “Power” featuring Jay-Z on Friday. He also hinted that his still-untitled upcoming LP will drop November 16, revealing a track from the album called “See Me Now,” which features Beyonce and Charlie Wilson and was produced by Lex Luger, No ID and West himself. Other producers confirmed for the album are Q-Tip, Pete Rock and the RZA.
What were West’s requirements for potential producers? “People with that intangible sound. People that everybody copied. The originators. That’s what my thing is: quality. What is the best of the best?”
Later in the interview, Kanye said Young Money star Nicki Minaj could be one of the greatest hip-hop stars ever. “This is gonna be such a big statement, and such a big thing to fill: The scariest artist right now is definitely Nicki Minaj. I think she has the most potential to be the number-two rapper of all time. Nobody’s gonna be bigger than Eminem.”
When asked what being the “number-two rapper of all-time” meant, he said, “Everything! Having a whole network one day. Everything that comes with it.”
He also confirmed that Nicki is on his album, as is G.O.O.D. Music artist Kid Cudi. The Louis Vuitton Don named Cudi, Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne as the MCs making a major impact right now.
Do you agree that Eminem and Nicki Minaj could be the two biggest rappers ever? If not, who do you think could fill those slots? Share your thoughts in the comments!