Nicki Minaj Discusses Enduring Hate & Envy In The Industry

Published: Wednesday 22nd Dec 2010 by Trent

MTV News recently caught up with Nicki Minaj who was recently crowned their #5 Woman of the Year. The rapper used to opportunity to discuss how she views the actions of others who have been attacking during the last few weeks.

While Minaj refrained from calling any names, everything that she said could easily apply to Lil Kim who has continuously attacked her and even admitted to trying to rebuild her crumbling career by using Minaj’s success as a platform.

See what Minaj had to say below:

“I hate to say it, but a lot of people harbor just a lot of just hate, envy,” she said. “It almost feels like, because I’m where I am, they’re where they are. I didn’t do this to you; I didn’t do this to your career. I’m responsible for Nicki; you’re responsible for you.”

“When you see someone else being successful and your first instinct is to tear them apart, that’s just a sign of you feeling unhappy with your achievements. But what I try to explain to people is: Whenever you feel like that — and we all feel like that sometimes, like ‘Ah, somebody’s doing it. Somebody’s popping a lot’ — use that as fuel to go hard. That’s what I did.”

“I was like, ‘You know what? This one is doing their thing; this one is doing that; why can’t I do it?’ ” she continued. “But see, I looked at people like [Lil] Wayne. I would go to the studio, and I would observe Wayne, and I would literally pray. I would say ‘God, give me his work ethic.’ You have to ask for what you want. You have to identify what it is you need to get where you need to go and then speak that. You have to say it.”

She also hinted that changing one’s life direction is more than just words. “If that’s what you want is a great work ethic, then you have to program that into your life,” she said. “But looking at somebody with a great work ethic and hating them is not going to help you.” {Source}

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  1. ChEeRfUl CyNiC XD December 22, 2010

    why am I getting bored of her so soon? 🙁

  2. JAYLA December 22, 2010

    @ChEeRfUl CyNiC XD

    WHY YOU THINK ANYBODY CARES?

  3. carl December 22, 2010

    HATERS STAY MAD COS THE QUEEN OF HIP HOP IS HERE TO STAY.

  4. Facts Officer December 22, 2010

    Question for TGJ!? why is Lil Kim tagged in this blogged if she wasn’t even mentioned by Nicki in the article? Seems like y’all (The media) is really stirring this thing up more than it needs to be.

    Oh I know why. Cause if you just posted this article without stirring the pot on the “Beef” no one would have read this snoozer of a post…

    #FACT

  5. Secret Voice December 22, 2010

    Lil Kim was mentioned because Lil Kim recently stated “she thought she when Nicki blew up that she would make money with Nicki” as if Nicki owed her crazy a** something….That is why Nicki is saying ‘she’s responsible for Nicki,not anyone elses career.

  6. Adoniiz December 22, 2010

    Who cARes ABouT dis lATe bubblegum pop RApper…
    Lik Mc Lyte sAiid…iiF Any one shuDd b worrued iirz gwen stefani, fergie, or nelky furtado!!!!!
    WASTe of Ah posT ii Mus sAy!!!!!
    She da individual milkin da beef/// noone even askd about beef.
    She.ll be irrelevant dis time next yeaR!!!!!
    Ha°

    WAT happnd 2 REAL MUSIC WIIT SUBSTANCE??????
    DA industry iiz desparate 2 hav GARbAGe liik dis.

  7. ChEeRfUl CyNiC XD December 22, 2010

    jayla clearly cares what I think 😀

  8. TICKLEMOUSE December 22, 2010

    DIAMOND

  9. Tami December 22, 2010

    LOVE MY B**** NICKI!!SHE BETTER STAY SLAYIN WITH EM NUMBERS!

  10. Poisonous December 22, 2010

    This beef is getting old

  11. Anthony The Great December 22, 2010

    Nicki just continue to do you.

    Let the negativity inspire you to sore higher, don’t let it eat at you.

    Lil Kim is old, bitter, and self hating that’s why she dislike you and your success.

  12. Dee Eugene December 22, 2010

    I love how NM makes herself look like she’s innocent, but if you listen to lyrics closely, she’s taking hidden shots at Lil’ Kim, even in her features. Smh

  13. island December 22, 2010

    Preach Nicki. Stan 4 life. You taking over babes. Nicki and Rihanna will soon rule the world. f*** those old b****** like beyonce and lil kim. Nicki and Rihanna are beautiful, island babes. We slay African AMericans any day.
    I like bey a bit but she’s getting too old, so its time for her to hand over the crown to the beautiful rihanna.

  14. Traci Summers December 22, 2010

    BLAH BLAH POOR NICKI PLAYING INNOCENT … NICKI GIVE IT UP UR SLOWLY BEING EXPOSED. WE KNOW U SET KIM UP AND ARE TRYING TO STEAL HER LEGACY N PUT UR NAME ON IT. N U HAVE NO RESPECT FOR ANY OF THE FEMALE RAPPERS WHO CAME B4 U. LIL KIM DID SONGS WIT ALL OF EM. SHOUTED THEM ALL OUT. ALL U KNOW HOW TO DO IS DISS PEOPLE. AND CRY WOLF.. GTFOH NICKI. WHEN WILL REAL HIP HOP COME BACK IM TIRED OF THIS 106 AND GARBAGE MUSIC

  15. YASSS December 22, 2010

    YASSS NICKI!! SELL THOSE RECORDS HUNNY!! HIMBERLY IS NOT SEEING YOU!!

  16. Anthony The Great December 22, 2010

    @TRACI SUMMERS

    #STAYMAD AND #PRESSED.

  17. DatBitch2010 December 22, 2010

    Her album sales speaking for her I would like to think

  18. Jae December 22, 2010

    Of course KIM ain’t seeing Nicki. Kimmy bout to put that gimmick in her place. Lil Kim clone clown . All this bafoonery stops now

  19. ronny December 22, 2010

    Album sales?? They’ve fallen hard. There was a recent spike, but that’s because of the Hoilday shopping season. Many artists got a boost. Look it up if u don’t believe me. Also, this is why bloggers will never become real journalists. Lack of impartiality. I mean, who doesn’t think this guy is a hardcore Nicki fan, LOL. Lil’ Kim was the most tweeted rapper of 2010 and had over 2 million hits on Youtube for ‘Black Friday’ in 1 week. It took Ms. Minaj a month to do that with ‘Roman’s Revenge’. Remember, I’m only stating the facts. Clearly, it’s not over for her. Say what you want, the woman has a fan base. She is and always will be The Queen of Rap!! QB!!!

  20. ronny December 22, 2010

    Also, where was this thing about resposibility for oneself on the Angie show? She was saying how She has Kim’s style and Kim should be ok with that because she (Nicki) helped bring her back, right?? Really, if it wasn’t for her copying Kim’s swag, she wouldn’t have been compared to Kim, which is 1 of the main reasons people asked Kim about Nicki in the 1st place.

  21. ronny December 22, 2010

    oh, I see why Trent is a Nicki Fan. He’s Trini, you know I’m late, LMAO!!!

  22. Traci Summers December 22, 2010

    @anthonythefag HAVENT U GOT A GAY PRIDE EVENT TO ATTEND TO??? DNT REPLY TO ME LIKE I WAS TALKIN TO UR DRY ASS LOOKIN FACE LOOKIN LIKE A LUMBERJACK IN DAT 99c HAT… GET THE F*** OUTTA HERE

  23. Team Minaj California December 22, 2010

    @RONNY

    First off twitter is irrelevant. I’m not about numbers but when is the last time Kim had an album even go gold. I mean you Kim stans make up so many lies about Nicki album sells. Like when yall said her album sold 55K in the second week when in reality it sold 103k.

    And I’m laughing at the haters who said that Nicki wouldn’t even be able to pull gold. 650+ copies in 4 weeks. What other female rapper is doing it?

    And don’t make up the lame excuse, “She’s only selling so much because she is the only one out.”

    That is straight up b*******. Trina was the only one holding female rap down for a long time and she never sold how Nicki is selling right now.

  24. nadia December 22, 2010

    i really dont understand why lil kim is so pissed off. shouldnt she be happy that nicki minaj is acctually some what looking up to her.
    i am a fan of lil kim but i’m also a huge fan of nicki minaj. people just need to stop hating its sad and so not cool.

  25. Yellow Gorillah December 23, 2010

    Nicki Gurl STOP!

    This innocent girl act is boring now and we all know you have your split personality’s

    you see her her talking about “Everyone is hating on me what did I do blah blah”

    Then you gone see her go on a track talking about” B**** I killed a career has been blah blah blah girl you just stepped in the industry and already you coming for people sorry I have no respect for her I would understand if kim started the beef but she did and kim will end her!

    The gay boys are waaay to up her ass *side eye*

  26. ronny December 23, 2010

    @Team Minaj California, I’m not making anything up. It seems u are. 1st off, twitter is irrelevant?? Really?? LMAO, wow. As for the album sales, again, they have fallen. That’s a fact. I never said it was at 55k. Are you in the 4th grade? You really sound like a kid with ADD. Please try and be a grown up, even if you’re not, and respond to intelligence with intelligence. IMO, she’s selling because of the buzz, payola putting her songs on the radio (like many other artists) and the Holiday shopping season. I mentioned twitter, to say that Kim hasn’t fallen off the face of the earth like people wish she would. 15+ years and she still gets all of the hate. I think that’s for a reason, like because she’s the Queen of Rap!!! As I said b4, whether you like her or not, she does have a strong following, especially with no Album out in 5 years. Look, I don’t like Nicki, but I know she has many fans. Whether they’re true or not is another story, but she does have fans. I can be real, but then again, I’m an Adult. You on the other hand…

  27. randomized December 23, 2010

    @ISLAND
    Why is beyonce’s name being mentioned or Rihanna
    They arent beefing. Beyonce isnt old. Y ou stupid
    #SITYOASSDOWN
    don’t make me bring out facts on yo ass

  28. Nick December 23, 2010

    She’s a smart girl., preach!

  29. Carmen December 23, 2010

    Beyonce is a way better singer than Rihanna. I cant understand her hype? Honestly what does she do so great, her vocals aren’t impressive, she cant dance, doesn’t write, doesn’t have great stage presence, maybe good songs produced for her. But is that what it takes. Shes not an artist. I wasn’t a fan, but even Britney spears could sing at one point and dance.

    As far as Nicki goes, why do Kims fans even speak on this beef? It’s lame because anything you say is a contradiction. You pick On Nicki’s album sales even when its the biggest for a female rapper in a downloading age when female rap was dead. But where is Kim? Do you honestly think she will make an impact on billboard with the lazy direction she has taken with her career?

    Then you talk about Nicki stole from Kim’s style and thats why shes big, but if Kim had a style owned and copyrighted, no one could steal it right? ANd if she is exactly like Kim, why are you guys criticizing her style?

    Then you say Nicki is bubble gum rap with no substance. This one really cracks me up. I can’t name too many songs where Kim spoke on nothing but s** and drugs. if you even hear, Nicki’s album pink friday touches on subject matter that women around the globe should hear while still staying close to hip hop roots. Is it her fault she wants to reach bigger audiences? No complaints from u guys when Kim was dancing with old washed up celebs on dancing with the stars and colloborating on pop songs with Christina aguliera and Pink. Then she changed her face to look like a white person.

    Damn. At least be unbiased wth the hate.

  30. Anthony The Great December 23, 2010

    @Traci Summers

    Anthony the F**? Are you Serious? How immature. What my sexuality got to do with anything boo?

    Are you reall y talking about my looks?

    Gwarl stop…

    You probably sitting over there looking like a mix of a Gorilla and Precious. Your probably wearing some stiff ass $3.99 weave. You are probably so baldheaded that your tracks can be seen. You probably need to take a trip to the dentist to fix your raggedy teeth. You probably think forever 21 and City Limits are luxury shopping areas. You probably wear the same fake payless pumps everyday looking like a $2 prostitute in your too cool for school clothes.

    Instead of you trying to insult me how about you go get an education, a man(if you can find one), and some soap.

    B****** like you don’t grow from trees; they swing from them.

    Good Day.

  31. PINK FRIDAY H** December 23, 2010

    NIKKI IS KILLIN THE CHARTS WITH HER ALBUM SALES.. ITS CLEAR WHO THE WINNER OF THIS BATTLE IS.. GRANNY KIM CAN GO AHEAD AND HANG IT UP… FLATSCREEN

  32. DAMN DAMN DAMN December 23, 2010

    LMAO @ Anthony reading the f*** outta Traci Summers. Bwahahahah

  33. Marge Simpson December 23, 2010

    Girl, all I see on my Twitter TL Nicki stans that speak negative to the ears of artist, fans and those in the industry she doesn’t like. She’s very unethical. Stealing people works is not ethical. Berating someone character and telling them they are too old is unethical. Who does she think she is? She needs to get over herself fast. And check out her lyrics. Check out I Ain’t Thru and Romans Revenge is negative. Where is the love? Where’s the postivitiy? It needs to be consistant if your going to be a spokesperson. She need to practice what she preaches. I’ve never seen Lady Gaga or Rihanna come out with this trash. She needs guidance before she loses her fanbase. She’s been trying to get a deal for over 5 years and she thinks she made. Come back with advice in 10 years after stardom not months.

  34. spring December 23, 2010

    PREACH!!

  35. iLoveXtina December 23, 2010

    Oh plz, she’s been firing subliminal shots ever since she started.

  36. Diane December 23, 2010

    Kim fans are quick to say numbers don’t matter, but the first to scream about the number of youtube views for Black Friday. Also the first to mention how many platinum albums Kim have, which are based on numbers. Joke.

  37. Stan December 23, 2010

    But my thang is.. Nicki talking down on LIL KIM’s career as if she didn’t accomplish nothing in the rap game over the last 10 years. Every artist record sales decline eventually, look at Mariah, Whitney, R.kelly, Janet Jackson, etc… You can’t stay on top forever. This culture of “Current” artist being better is sad. Is Beyonce bettter than Tina? or Xtina better than Whitney? NO…

    All you can hope for is to make a lasting influence, which LIL Kim has done. Rather Kim makes a come back doesn’t take away from her grammy, 8 million record sales, and 14 top 20 rap hits. She done it… and the only thang she need to do is satisfy her dead hard fans , she got nothing to prove. Everybody know that NIcki dissed Lil Kim first… She need to stop playing vicitim. We can’t find no mixtape tracks of Lil Kim talking shyt about Nicki. BUt we can find plenty of Nicki dissing Kim on tracks.

  38. Diane December 23, 2010

    Lil Kim is full of herself. She even thought the Notorious movie was about her. Newsflash, it was about Biggie.

    Every Nicki lyric about old is not about Kim. Kim is not, I repeat, is not the oldest rapper in the game. Queen Latifah, Rah Digga, MC Lyte, Salt/Pepper, Khia and many more rappers are older than Kim. I admit that Roman’s Revenge was a shot at Kim and Keys, but not every freaking song.

    When Nicki mentioned about dentures, she could have been talking about any of the old-timers, or simply doing hip hop the way every other rapper does hip hop, being braggadocious. Hip Hop is about boasting. Kim needs to get the eff out of here.

    Kim is a legend in her own damn mind, and she keeps bullying people to give her respect. I wish a bish would tell me to bow down to them, I will tell that bish something she didn’t want to hear. The name Queen belongs to Latifah, Beyonce and other motherfruggers beside Kim. Kim got that name from her man Biggie, not some damn rap historian.

  39. Tami December 23, 2010

    Kim never said the movie was about her she said how her character in the movie was portrayed was inaccurate. Funny. Nicki fans are fairweather friends we’ll see if you will be ridding with Nicki years from now ( I doubt you will even remember her name).

    Kim never though she would be making money with Nicki. She said she was cool with her using her image but Nicki was trying to be the only girl in the spot light which Kim said no there room for everybody.

    Please stop hearing what you want to hear.

  40. Kavion December 23, 2010

    @Tami kim did say the movie was about her..you should look it up..its the same interview she called biggies mom a b**** she said “and ms wallace wanna say *in wallace voice* oh the movies about biggie not kim..B**** !THEY MADE THAT MOVIE ABOUT ME”
    Kims so f***** into herself..she thinks the world owes her something..shes obviously fighting some demons inside

  41. MILHOUSE December 23, 2010

    kim being the most talked about a person in twitter isint a good thing. it was all trash that was being said about her, how is that an achievement? everything that is being talked about kim is thanks to nicki, and thats all kim wanted. She took the nicki beef as a platform for a comeback. and the whole thing that kim is saying that nicki was disrespectful absurd than kims nose. Not absurd in that actually talked crap, but she cared. That whole nicki saying rap b****** this and that was the same time period that kim wanted to work with nicki. In the interview she event talks about how her and nicki were suppose to do what nicki is doing TOGETHER. Thats why kims mad cuz she was suppose to be having the succes with nicki.

  42. Dane December 23, 2010

    GET The f*** out of here….Are you kidding me…This b**** Nikki been taking shots at Kims and others……now Kim want to respond…..Something you do in hip hop…even when being dissed…..uughg you f****** f***….

  43. GangsterA December 23, 2010

    you better tellem nicki don’t mind those jealous b****** do your thang hun

  44. Hip hop police December 23, 2010

    @dane if Nicki been saying this stuff since 07, why is kim just now responding? NickI minaj was just rapping and just as most new commers do in rap they come in talking a bunch of s***. It doesn’t have to be aimed at any one in particular but its where battle rapping comes into play. Kim should know this.

    But if Nicki didn’t say kim’s name, why is she acting like she had beef with her. Obviously she didn’t if she said so many times she looked up to kim and was influenced by her. Kim would have been smarter getting on a track with Nicki and proving that she is the queen by upstaging her. She’s letting her ego get in the way and it’s not looking good for her.

  45. ERIC December 23, 2010

    WOW! SHE’S PRETTY SMART AND VERY LAID DOWN TO EARTH! GOOD TO KNOW THIS SIDE OF MINAJ! =)

  46. Chile Please! December 23, 2010

    @ traci summer…..Work B****! I’m living for your comments. So true!! This b**** is sooooooo fake & corny nothing original, & her album was garbage! Girl Bye!

  47. KIM’S WORLD December 23, 2010

    @carmen and haters.. that song she did with pink and xtina got her a damn grammy!!! so that was a dumb ass comment.. now listen to kim’s interview because yall are still sayin tha same stupid s***!! kim said she doesnt care if she looks like her.. she felt that if she did a song with her , that would be good for female hip-hop and for herself!(business) diddy ass is on everywhere.. why cant kim do it?!?! they (young money) played her! now nicki sayin all this slick s***..smh yall only want to hear what yall want. and dont act like yall wasnt down with kim, now yall follow everybody else.. but i bet when kim start puttin out music, yall gonna be like nicki who? but ima always be a fan of tha queen of hip-hop Lil Kim!!

  48. KIM’S WORLD December 23, 2010

    damn… MOST OF YALL SAYING KIM SHOULDVE BEEN ON A TRACK NICKI.. KIM AND NICKI DID A F***** TRACK 2GETHER.. IT WAS ON ITUES AND THEN THEY(YOUNG MONEY …BABY WHOEVER) TOOK IT OFF… AND WHEN KIM WAS CALLIN TO SEE WHAT WAS UP NO ONE WANTED TO ANSWER THEIR PHONE.. THEY PLAYED KIM!! THEY USED HER!! LISTEN TO KIM’S INTERVIEW PEOPLE!!!

  49. FUTURESTARdelux December 23, 2010

    Oh here we go again, Kim gets the blame while Nicki drags all this s*** up for like the seventieth time… she brings it up in every interview and yet Kim is still labelled as the one keeping the beef alive? um… *goes back to listening to “Hard Core”*

  50. DAKIDDSTARR December 25, 2010

    I JUST DON’T HAVE TIME FOR THIS TWO FACED BI POLAR NON SENSE FIRST OF ALL NICKI I LISTENED TO YOUR ALBUM AND YOU HAD SOME GOOD SONGS BUT WITH THE SAME INSPIRATION AND LYRICAL CONTACT VICTIMIZING YOURSELF REASSURING YOURSELF THAT YOU ARE THE BEST I JUST GOT TIRED AND BORED AND I REALLY TRIED TO LISTEN YOUR STILL COO AND EVERYTHING BUT C’MON SON SERIOUSLY QUIT ENTERTAINING ALL THE NEGATIVE PPL GONNA TLK S*** REGARDLESS YOUR WHOLE LIFE WHO GIVES A DAMN ABOUT WHAT ANY OF US HAVE TO SAY NEGATIVE ABOUT YOU JUST DO YOU DUMB ASS!!! OTHERWISE YOU WILL HAVE NOTHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO BUT BE BOTHERED AND DISTURBED

  51. DAKIDDSTARR December 25, 2010

    LOL WHOOPS ERROR NOT CONTACT “CONTENT”

  52. Keisha.J December 27, 2010

    well it is what it is! Nicki shouldnt have to respond to lil kim or make any comments towards her…her music does it all! IJS…

    http://WWW.REVERBNATION.COM/THACR3W

  53. biggetnickifan December 29, 2010

    NICKI MINAJ IS FLYING HIGH SHE BLAZING,LITTLE NICKI GOT THE POWER TO BE,THE QUEEN OF HIP HOP!ANY NEGGATIVE COMMENTS FROM WOMEN ARE JUST WOMEN THAT ARE FAILEN,PICK YOUR HEADS UP NICKI MINAJ MADE IT AND SO CAN YOU BROKE HATERS,DONT LET SOMEONE ELSES MONEY MAKE YOU BITTER JUST REACH FOR IT!CASH MONEY/YOUNG MONEY,NICKI MINAJ LOVE NICKI MINAJ BIGGEST FAN!

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