Nicki Minaj's Success 'A Beautiful Thing,' Lil Wayne Says

Wayne waxes nostalgic to Mixtape Daily recalling Minaj's beginnings.

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There are many factors that contributed to Nicki Minaj's breakout success, chiefly Lil Wayne and Minaj's own hard work. The Young Money CEO and multiplatinum artist was so moved by his protégé's performance at the opening of the I Am Still Music Tour that he fell to his knees and bowed to her grandeur. (Nicki returned the favor, saying, "I love this man.") Weezy recalls the moment a bit differently, though.

"I really didn't get on my knees to give praise, but then I remembered we had a crowd out there," Wayne playfully told Mixtape Daily. "I got on my knees to do something totally different, but I was like, we got a crowd out there, so let me just give praise."

When asked how he felt watching Minaj develop from the raw MC he signed after seeing her perform on a street DVD ("The Come Up") to the increasingly polished performer whose fans can recite all of her lyrics word for word, Wayne got nostalgic while giving her plenty of credit.

"I promise to God, you know what I thought about? When I saw her up there just walking and everybody singing her stuff and she making all those facial expressions, I was just like, I remember watching that DVD," Wayne said. "When shorty was in the tub. I remember watching that and where she came from and just to know that not that I did that, that she did that. I mean, it's a beautiful thing."

Another big Nicki Minaj fan is Taylor Swift, who told "The Tonight Show" she's been listening to "a lot of hip-hop and rap right now."

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