Lil Wayne saw the potential in Nicki Minaj before just about anyone else. It's why he signed her to Young Money, why he put her on his mixtapes when she was a relative unknown, and why he's still singing her praises today, as she continues to fulfill and exceed that potential.
That's why Time magazine tapped Tunechi to write the entry for Nicki's selection on their list of "The 100 Most Influential People," which was released Thursday morning.
For his celebration of his friend, protege, and peer, Wayne both takes us down memory lane and looks ahead:
You know, in New York they used to have these street DVDs. It just so happened that I appeared in one, and when I looked at the finished product, Nicki Minaj was on a part of the DVD. I was like, “Woooooow!” She was just being Nicki without the glitz and glamour. When I heard the first two and four bars, it wasn’t even about her rapping better than any female rapper. It was about, man, she’s rapping better than other rappers — period.
I always wanted more for my artists and saw Nicki’s potential from the first moment I laid eyes on her. She’s reached far beyond everything I would have imagined. Man, she’s so influential and doing all the right things. She’s an icon, a boss and a role model to all these young girls out here on how to do it the right way. Her work ethic speaks volumes and has yielded these results. The scary thing is she’s still going. Ha! Nicki Minaj will go down as one of the best to do it in the history of music.
Other selections for the list include Kendrick Lamar, Adele, Leonardo DiCaprio, and 96 other people.