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News: Nicki Minaj Covers TIME’s 2016 ‘100 Most Influential People’ Issue

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Nicki Minaj is on the cover of TIME Magazine’s ‘Most Influential People’ of 2016 Issue. A few different versions of the magazine’s cover went out with Nicki on one of them. Her article for the magazine was actually written by Lil Wayne, Nicki’s mentor and the person who gave her the first record deal. You can read what Wayne wrote below, watch the clip featuring Nicki and read the full story over at TIME.

You know, in New York they used to have these street DVDs. It just so happened that I appeared in one, and when I looked at the finished product, Nicki Minaj was on a part of the DVD. I was like, “Woooooow!” She was just being Nicki without the glitz and glamour. When I heard the first two and four bars, it wasn’t even about her rapping better than any female rapper. It was about, man, she’s rapping better than other rappers—period.

I always wanted more for my artists and saw Nicki’s potential from the first moment I laid eyes on her. She’s reached far beyond everything I would have imagined. Man, she’s so influential and doing all the right things. 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. Her work ethic speaks volumes and has yielded these results. The scary thing is she’s still going. Ha! Nicki Minaj will go down as one of the best to do it in the history of music.