Even Nicki Minaj can make mistakes, even if she won’t discuss exactly what they are. One was her choice of the single to make her solo debut with … eh hemm … “Massive Attack.”
When Nicki dropped her “Massive Attack” single, she experimented with something different and it didn’t catch on … but the fans chose a single for her — the smash “Your Love.”
In a recent Q&A with Complex, the Young Money rapper discussed several topics — one of them being her two singles, and how Lil Wayne made her second-guess “Your Love,” which is why she didn’t originally drop it.
“When I first heard [“Your Love”], I loved it; I played it for Wayne and he yelled at me,” Nicki explained. “When we were working on Young Money’s album, I played him just the hook and the beat. He can’t remember it, though. To this day, he’s like, “Nah, I ain’t never heard that.” But he heard it and was like, “What the f*** is this?” I think that’s one of the reasons I fell back on it.”
She says the track was recorded two years ago, but before its leak and subsequent take off, she was about to trash it.
“[I recorded it] two years ago, before I dropped Beam Me Up Scotty (mixtape). I loved the beat and the hook, but I didn’t like my delivery on it; that’s why I re-recorded it when it leaked,” said Nicki, “[Before it leaked] I was like, ‘This is going in the trash.’ ”
As for “Massive Attack” and its failure as a breakout single, Nicki says you have to live and learn.
“It was a good lesson to learn early on. I actually think the public made the right choice,” she said.
Another topic the rapper opened up about was the different types of voices, flows and deliveries she uses in her raps. In recent interviews, Nicki has said she plans to tone those elements down on her album. Why? Because some of her lines go over people heads because they focus on her voice rather than her lyrics.
Essentially, Nicki says dumbing down some of her music is probably a necessity for success.
“Sometimes the sh** I say is over people’s heads and I feel like I need to dumb it down a bit so people can understand it,” Nicki explained. “I think if I had said a lot of raps in a particular voice, people would go, ‘Yo, that sh** was hard’ — but when you change up your voice a little bit, they can’t see past that. And they’re lookin’ at me like, ‘This bitch is stupid’ — and I’m lookin’ at them like, ‘No, bitch, you’re stupid’ (laughs).”
As the interview continues, Nicki discusses everything from not taking orders when it comes to her career, not depending on Lil Wayne to make moves, bi-sexual rumors, and more.
Read the full interview over at Complex.com.