Nicki Minaj Talks Being Inspired By Jay Z & Black Women Dealing With Violence Against Black Men


(AllHipHop News) Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded album includes a cut titled “HOV Lane.”

The single is used as a proclamation that Nicki is on the path to be a business-minded entertainer like Roc Nation founder Jay Z.

In a new cover story for Marie Claire, Minaj expounded on the idea she is inspired by Jay’s moves.

Nicki said:

I don’t need to read a book about [business]. I can look at someone’s career and just pinpoint the dos and the don’ts, and the one person I’ve done that with for my entire career was Jay Z. He did such a great job being an authentic street guy and a businessman, and I was like, Why aren’t there women doing that, taking the success from rap and channeling it into their empire? I felt like anything he could do, I could do.

Another excerpt from the article focused on Nicki addressing African-American women having to deal with men of color being killed.

She stated:

We tend to not remember the black women who are mourning these men and who are thinking, Oh, my God, what am I going to tell my child now about where his father is, and the struggle it is for black women to then move on after they lose their husband or their boyfriend … The strong women in these inner cities often go unnoticed … no one really ever puts a hand out to them.

The November issue of Marie Claire with Nicki Minaj on the cover will be available on October 18.