Nicki Minaj is one of the most successful rappers in the music industry. With an array of successes and millions of album sales under her belt, she has proven to be a generational talent. And while Minaj has been a dominant force in hip-hop for several years, her favorite artist doesn’t even rap.
Believe it or not, Minaj’s favorite artist makes music that falls under the category of New-Age music.
Nicki Minaj loves listening to Enya
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Minaj revealed who her favorite artist is during a 2018 interview with Stephen Colbert.
âWhenever I tell people this they think I’m kidding, but I love Enya,â Minaj said. âI listen to her the most, of everyone,â Minaj said.
Minaj explained that Enya’s vocal ability and range of harmonies helped her give her ideas for her own records. Whenever she looks for inspiration when she sings on her records, she thinks of Enya.
âYou know what, it’s so peaceful, and it helps me with the harmonies, and just like the sounds and everything,â Minaj said. “So when I go there I don’t – I’m not a singer, but I’m a rapper, so I don’t like calling people, singers to do harmonies and backgrounds, so I draw simply in my Enya, my Enya knowledge and I do my little harm – my inner Enya.
Minaj has expressed a desire to connect with Enya in the future.
âI know she’s also a recluse, I would love to meet herâ¦ I love her so much,â Minaj said.
Lil Wayne, Jay-Z and Notorious BIG are among their top 5 rappers
In a separate interview with Joe Budden, Minaj also explained who her top five rappers are. Naturally, she put Lil Wayne, the artist who originally signed her, at the top of the list.
“Definitely Wayne, Jay … Biggie … You see and it’s weird to me because I’m one of those people who like … people who maybe aren’t as big as HOV, or whatever. whatever, but I could tell their skills, like Jadakiss, I always speak, “Minaj said.” Or Fabâ¦ The people that I feel like maybe aren’t that type of rapper or anything else, but lyrically, because I know how hard it is to just sit there and write raps and constantly have them be raps like it’s like, ‘ Oh shit.’
She noted that she tends to rank skilled rappers who may not be as popular at the top of her list.
âI’m one of those people who will put people like that, you know, really high in that top 10,â Minaj. “But I sure would never have a top five without Wayne, that’s for sure.”
Nicki Minaj doesn’t like Rick Ross very much
Minaj also made sure to note that she doesn’t like Rick Ross, the rapper who signed her ex-fiance Meek Mill to his label, Maybach Music Group.
“Ew, don’t bring up that pâ” Minaj said, pretending to throw up. “Don’t fucking start me. “
She and Ross have a personal vendetta regarding Mill that she hasn’t quite overcome.
âAnyone that name drops a woman to sell 250 albums, never show them to me again,â Minaj said.