Young Money stars Nicki Minaj and Drake are two of the hottest MCs in hip-hop, and their relationship has some thinking that the pair are hooking up in ways beyond a label affiliation. The stars were candid about their feelings for each other in recent interviews with MTV2’s “Sucker Free Countdown” — and addressed rumors that their relationship isn’t strictly platonic.
“Me and Nicki have a really playful relationship,” Drake told DJ Envy. “When I was on tour … I saw Nicki for the first time and, like, literally fell in love. She had this snap-back hat on that said ‘Minaj.’ She used to wear that every single day. She was like a theater student and she was so cold at rapping.”
Drake — who rushed to Minaj’s defense last week after Lil’ Kim said some untoward things about her — said that before breaking through, he had to contend with her somewhat icy demeanor. “I remember one of the first nights that we were out in Miami and I went to Jerry’s [Famous Deli]. I was like [to Minaj], ‘You want food, you hungry?,’ and she was like, ‘Yeah, I want some food.’ I was like, ‘I’m in, we gon’ eat food together.’ I came to her door and she took the food and shut the door in my face! I was just like, ‘Man, this is gonna be a long road for us.’ “
In an interview with DJ Envy over the weekend, Drake revealed why he stood up for Nicki Minaj after she was dissed by Lil Kim:
Read more: Necole Bitchie.com: Drake on Lil Kim Dissing Nicki Minaj: “I didn’t Respect That”
I feel like Lil’ Kim is a G in the game. I feel like you’re a part of an era that’s classic, that we’ll never forget as young kids, me and Nick. You don’t have to do that. You don’t have to get onstage and tell people to pay homage, that’s a given. I’ve watched Nicki pay homage time and time again. I didn’t respect that, whoever else was onstage with her, I didn’t respect that at all.
You just wearing your heart on your sleeve. You’re showing that you’re upset. Nobody’s done that to me yet. I would never expect Jay or [Kanye] to get onstage and be like, “Pay homage to me. You need to respect me”. They command my respect with their music and talent. I feel that’s signs you’re just losing it. I really did take that personally. That bothered me. I really don’t get caught up with the Twitter and Internet stuff but I did see it. And I feel like you’re supposed to be a G. That just wasn’t G to me at all.
After Drake dissed Lil’ Kim, Nicki turned around laughing, then came back and hugged him. He told her “I love you.” Then he left the stage.
Nikki & Drake live at Hot Jam 9. Drake’s got some harsh words for Lil Kim. (above) Drake performs “Best I Ever Had” live at Hot Jam 9. (below)
Check out a photo of Drake by photographer Jonathan Mannion for XXL Magazine (on stands April 20th). If you are one of the lucky ones, you should have a fresh copy of the May 2010 issue of XXL Magazine waiting for you in your mailbox right now.
Nicki Minaj may have been featured on mixtapes for years, but she’s just getting around to releasing her first single. The song “Massive Attack” was just released earlier this week and today Nicki Minaj debuted her music video. directed by Hype Williams.
The video includes Kanye West’s girlfriend Amber Rose driving Nicki Minaj around in a pink Ferrari in the desert. Later on, Nicki thrashes around in the jungle wearing a hot green wig. I give props to Nicki Minaj for having her own style and even more credit to the guy with the dislocating elbows! Other than that, I just don’t get it.
Wow, I feel like my mom having said that! But seriously, I don’t. I can hardly hear what Nicki Minaj is rapping about and just can’t comprehend what’s going on. Is it just me? What was all the buzz around it anyway? Does anyone actually like Nicki Minaj’s “Massive Attack” video???
Also, I heard Drake was supposed to be in this. He’s nowhere to be seen as far as I can tell.
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Drake & the Young Money crew tear up the stage at MTV’s 2010 Spring Break w/ their “Bedrock” performance.
We Are Young Money performs hit single at this year’s mtvU Spring Break 2010.
Nicki Minaj and Drake speak on performing with Young Jeezy + Lil Wayne at Jay-Z’s Madison Square Garden show in New York City shortly after Lil Wayne’s sentence was delayed, once again.
Drake and Nicki Minaj will help headline MTV Spring Break 2010, along with other members of the YM supergroup, performing their No. 2 single in the country “BedRock.” Drizzy will get the crowd hyped with “Over,” the first offering from his debut album Thank Me Later, while Young Money’s First Lady ambushes the stage with the first live performance of her new single “Massive Attack,” produced by Sean Garrett and Alex Da Kid.
Hip-hop’s Barbie won’t only pop up during Young Money’s set. Minaj will storm the sandy shores of Mexico with Ludacris for their collaboration “My Chick Bad” from Luda’s Battle of the Sexes album.
The ATL rapper will have spring breakers asking “how low can you go” when he performs the remix to his smash hit with Pitbull, who will get the party started with some of his own crowd pleasers. [Read more →]
Drake and most of the Young Money crew were down here in the MIA clubbing it out at Club Play. (February 5)
January 10th was the last stop for Lil Wayne’s Farewell Tour in North Mississippi. As some of you may know, Drake wasn’t touring with Young Money for this particular tour but he made an exception for the last show. Check out the wonderful pictures below courtesy of EXclusive Access.
A couple of days ago, Drake and Nicki Minaj hit up club Ibiza in DC despite Club LOVE’s temporary closure. Check out this footage below of Nicki Minaj performing “Itty Bitty Piggy” and Drake performing “Forever”.
Drake dishes on details from his highly anticipated upcoming album, “Thank Me Later“, his dream collaboration with Sade and the success of his friend x YM labelmate, Nicki Minaj.
Shock to the heart. No Main Pick today. We decided to fall back in order to make our grand announcement that we start rolling out picks for the 2009 Hottest MCs in the Game on Monday, August 17. Get on point, get your arguments ready — we look forward to hearing from you about our picks.
Mixtape Daily still goes, though. Today, Lil Wayne’s gorgeous It girl, Nicki Minaj, makes her return to these parts. She has a few stories to share about her and the crew getting down onstage and off and what they’ve been cooking up in the studio.
Nicki Minaj and Drake roll like brothers and sisters. So it was no surprise when Nicki told us about a playful spat they had on tour at the Young Money Presents: America’s Most Wanted Music Festival.
“Actually I think Drake is wack and I don’t think he deserves [his accolades],” she joked. “I’m sorry. We just had a fight in the back. I was about to punch him dead in his face. [One of his mangers] Cortez intervened.”
Minaj got a little more serious, clarifying that she and Drake do not have any gripes with one another. They are thick as thieves.