2010 is shaping up to be a year of fierce collaborations for Nicki Minaj. Not only has the hard-edged MC teamed up with musical femme fatale Rihanna twice, but she also is featured on
Cole told MTV News on the Los Angeles set of the video for "I Ain't Thru" that Nicki's contribution to the track sort of came together at the last minute. "I had recorded it as one of the first songs on the album, but I never really finished it," Cole explained. "And then I called her and I was like, 'We should do a song together.' And when she came through I played it. I said, 'I did something a long time ago and I don't know if you might like it, but my manager thinks this is dope.' And I played it and she liked it."
The track is about a woman who, despite facing some adversity, isn't done just yet. And Cole maintained that having someone as equally fierce as herself on the track made for a perfect collaboration. "You know what? [Nicki's] dope," she said. "I'm excited that a new female rapper is on the scene. She's very creative. She has a lot of attitude and I just think it's dope and I definitely wanted to be down with it and I wanted her on the album."
The two have only known each other for a few months, but, according to Cole, they clicked pretty instantly when they hit the studio together. "It was dope [in the studio]. She's very, very professional. She sat in the corner and wrote her part and then actually she wrote two raps to the song," Cole confided. "She actually did one verse and was like, 'Keyshia, I think I can do so much better.' And I was like, 'Absolutely not — it's dope and leave it the way it is.' And then I saw her again and she was like, 'Please, just let me do my thing,' and I was like, 'absolutely,' 'cause I understand where she comes from."
Cole's forthcoming album is due out on December 21.