Nicki Minaj has been named to the annual Time 100 Most Influential People list, and also nabs one of the issue’s covers.
In a video interview with the publication, Nicki touches on the subject of equal pay for women: “I would tell women starting out in business, if you know you’re great at what you do, don’t ever be ashamed to ask for the top dollar in your field,” she says – and also talks the influence her collaborations with Beyoncé have had on young women.
Read a few excerpts below..
On advising women about being direct about how much they feel they are due:
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 demand or command a crowd. I get out there and make my fans happy. I get out there and give a real show. I want that, too.’ And I pushed myself to be better with my showmanship, but I also decided, you know what? I want to be compensated well.
On encouraging women to own their greatness and understand their professional worth:
I would tell women starting out in business, if you know you’re great at what you do, don’t ever be ashamed to ask for the top dollar in your field. If I’m great at what I do, I can’t be denied. Some things may be overlooked but no one can deny my brand, and that’s the words of wisdom I would give to other young women.
On her collaborations with Beyoncé having a particular influence:
Whenever I do something with her, I can feel the impact online and in the venue, wherever we are. 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.
Additionally, Lil Wayne pens an ode to the “Only” rapper as her cover is unveiled. “Man, she’s so influential and doing all the right things,” he wrote. “She’s an icon, a boss and a role model to all these young girls out here on how to do it the right way.”