"[I] cannot put into words how I felt when he told me that," Nicki said about the Jay co-sign. "[Robin] was like, 'By the way, let me tell you this great story.' "
As Thicke told MTV several weeks ago, Hov heard a rough version of the song and told him he should get the Young Money siren on the track.
"It was Jay's idea," Thicke said of the "Shakin' It 4 Daddy" collabo. "We were in the studio and I played him the whole album. He was like, 'You should get Nicki Minaj on that. She's got that voice. She's got that swag.' So I leaned over and was like, 'Somebody get Nicki Minaj on the phone! Jay-Z said so!' Next thing you know, we called Nicki. She was excited. But once we told her it was Jay-Z's idea to get her on the track, she started screaming on the phone. She was all excited. She's a super, super talent. I can't wait to do a video with Nicki. There's a power in her. It's not just that she's sexy and that's the only way she can get you to like her. She's got charm -- not just sex. Some women may use sex to get what they want; others have charm. She's got charm."
"I was like, 'What?' " Minaj told Mixtape Daily at Dylan's Candy Bar in New York. "Obviously, Jay-Z ... Jay-Z is a person in hip-hop that you almost don't think he exist until you meet him. It's almost like he's bigger than a person. He's a mythical figure. That's a great way to describe it. I was like, 'Jay-Z knows me?' I didn't think he knew who I was, let alone recommend me for something. If he did know who I was, I didn't know if he liked my style or approved. It was weird. It was like getting that stamp of approval from the most popular jock in high school and being a freshman in high school and thinking no one knows you exist."
Jay had a front-row seat when Minaj and Thicke performed at the Sex Therapy album-release party in New York last year.
"He saw me perform it with Robin at Robin's party," Nicki remembered. "It was scary -- him and Beyoncé were there, literally a few feet away from us watching us perform in New York. They loved the performance. Beyoncé was so into it. I never saw her act like that. She was like, 'You killed it.' It was just a crazy experience -- that whole night, even being tied to somebody like Robin. I wouldn't expect him to want to make a record like 'Shakin' It 4 Daddy.' I'm just happy to be a part of the project and I'm glad it came from Jay. I don't think Robin really knew me. When Jay said that, he probably was like, 'Really?' and researched me. Then I think he saw me in the 'Five Star' video and got an idea of who I was. If it didn't come from Jay, he probably would have been like, 'Who? Never heard of her.' "
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