What a great year it has been for rapper Nicki Minaj thus far!
The rapper starred in The Barbershop sequel and now she has snagged the cover of Time magazine. Nicki joins the list of the innovators and influencers with the label: The Icon.
She is joined by Stephen Curry, Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson, Dwayne Johnson, Ta-Nehesi Coates, Kendrick Lamar, Ryan Coogler, Lester Holt and more!
During the interview, Nicki discussed why it’s important for women to own their careers and why women deserve to get paid. Here are 4 valuable lessons we all can take away from this interview:
- Get Paid What You’re Worth.
“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,” she says. “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.”
2. Be Great at What You Do and You Can’t Be Denied.
“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. “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.”
3. Working with Other Women Makes You Better.
Minaj says her collaborations with Beyoncé’ have had particular influence. “Whenever I do something with her, I can feel the impact online and in the venue, wherever we are,” she says. “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.”
4. Black Women Have to Take Back Their Power.
“I think Black women are held to higher standards. Pop culture takes from Black culture. And often times doesn’t really say they got it from Black culture. You know, magazines are acting like they’re just being done for the first time because it’s on a white woman’s head, or it’s on a white woman’s body. And you have to get used to living in a world that doesn’t even acknowledge that you did certain things.
Watch the full interview below: