XXL: Who have been the most important hip-hop artists over the past 20 years?
Nicki Minaj: I think so many artists have been important for so many different reasons. But as a fan of rap, I think I would say the people that have influenced me the most with the way I rap, that would definitely be Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Foxy Brown, Eminem.
XXL: What has your role been in hip-hop?
Eminem: My role in hip-hop has been super unique. On my first album, I had features with Eminem and Kanye West. I had been on Kanye’s album on a feature with Jay-Z. I had so many big names on that first album. I don’t think that’s ever been done before on a female rap album. For everybody – humongous artists – to sort of cosign them, and give them that stamp of approval. I remember every time I wrote a verse to “Roman’s Revenge” and sent it to Eminem, he would send a new verse back. It was competitive. It was fun. I think all the big, male artists also treated me with a sense of respect as a MC. They took me serious. If they were on a track with me, they knew they had to come hard.
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