Nicki Minaj On Cultural Appropriation, Becoming A Boss, Being Unapologetic & More | TIME 100 | TIME


I think, before I could remember
wanting to do anything else, I knew that I wanted to be in charge. As a child, my mother didn’t have a job
where she was the boss. And I always looked at that
and wished that she was the boss and that she did make her own rules. So from very early on,
I felt like you know what? Whatever I do, one day,
I want to be more in charge of my business. Two of the things that
I wanted to leave behind was that: I write my own raps. A man doesn’t have
to write down your thoughts. You’re intelligent enough
to write down your own thoughts. And number two, I would become a mogul. It’s Nicki Minaj. Dirty Money.
Holla at your girl. Thanks for the love.
I really do appreciate it. I exceeded every expectation
I think people had for a “rapper”. I think black women are
held to higher standards. A lot of pop culture takes from… black culture. And oftentimes doesn’t really
say they got it from black culture. You know magazines are acting like
they’re just being done for the first time because it’s on a white woman’s head,
or it’s on a white woman’s body. And you have to get used to
living in a world that… doesn’t even acknowledge
that you did certain things. One thing I learned
along the way in business, is the… necessity for you to be… unapologetic about asking for
how much money you deserve. At a very early stage in my rap career,
I was making six figures for shows. If I heard there was
another rapper making that, I thought, you know what?
I get out there and command a crowd. I get out there and make my fans happy. I want that too. And I think women have the tendency
to feel that they shouldn’t ask to be compensated as much as a man
doing the same, exact thing. If know you’re great at what you do,
don’t ever be ashamed to ask for the top dollar in your field. ♪ I’m feeling myself ♪ ♪ I’m feeling myself ♪ ♪ I’m feeling my- ♪ ♪ Feeling myself ♪ ♪ I’m feeling myself ♪ I actually remixed “Flawless” with Beyoncé. Whenever I do something with her,
I can feel the impact. It just feels like… young women are being
empowered and inspired. Because I think it says a lot when you see
two young women at the top of their field —whether they’re black or white. It just means a lot when you see them
owning who they are and owning the business
and owning the industry and not taking “no” for an answer
and not being apologetic for who they are. I think that it inspires women:
young, old, black, white, whatever.

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