With the release, Minaj hopes to set an example for female rappers
Nicki Minaj has promised to launch a freebie mixtape, six years after her last mixtape release ‘Beam Me Up Scotty’, and hopes to offer up some inspiration for female rappers along the way.
In an interview with Billboard Magazine, Minaj emphasizes the impact a mixtape can have on a career, and commits to her first in six years.
“I’ll definitely drop a mixtape,” she told the publication in her cover story, “I have to.” She doesn’t talk specifics when it comes to the release schedule or the content of the recording.
Explaining the idea behind the mixtape, Minaj adds “Well, I want to touch a couple of beats that I wasn’t on. I could have bodied a lot of the records that came out in the last year. But the main thing is, I have to set an example for female rappers. I’m at the top of that food chain, and it’s important to lead by example.”
She continues: “I want to make sure women do not forget the importance of that grind, that walk up to the top. You can’t get there with a song. Because once that song is no longer hot, you’re no longer hot. It’s important that you are bigger than your music. Some fans are going to fuck with me for the rest of my life because they know where I came from. Fans know my struggle. How hungry I was. That I was not settling, I was not giving up. I was on everybody’s beat. I was ruthless.”
Minaj has had a difficult couple of months, with reports emerging earlier this week that she bailed out her brother Jelani Maraj following rape charges relating to a 12-year-old, with bail set at $100,000.
In November, Minaj’s ex-boyfriend also threatened to sue her, claiming that he is the author of some of her work.
Safaree Samuels says he has multiple witnesses to validate his contribution and he claims Minaj herself acknowledged his contribution by giving him an executive producer credit on her first two albums.