Nicki Minaj has made a huge announcement that has sent ripples through the music industry. The award-winning rapper revealed on her Queen Radio show that she is launching her own record label, making her one of the few female artists to do so. During the show, Minaj confirmed some key details about her new venture, including who will be working with her and what fans can expect from the label...
Minaj's new record label is set to feature a diverse range of music genres, and it will not be limited to just rap or Black music. She also plans to support other artists in the same way Lil Wayne supported her when she was starting out. "When I came in this game I didn't have no paperwork with Lil Wayne," she said. "But he had us on tour, he had us in a studio, he was getting on my mixtapes. So I understand why people are coming out and they're so, you know, microwaveable and they're here today and gone tomorrow because there's no structure." The rapper also expressed how important loyalty is to her and how she wants to surround herself with people who share that same value. She revealed that Paddy Duke will be the first A&R on her label.
During the episode of Queen Radio, Minaj shared more details about who will be working with her new record label. She said that Nana Fofie will be one of the first artists signed to her label after discovering Fofie through YouTube mashups featuring Davido's songs. "I've been obsessed with you for a very long time... And I always promised you when I started... but I didn't want to lock you into anything," Minaj told Fofie during their conversation. "Y'all know how I do sh** for people that's not even signed to me… Imagine what I'm going to do to the ones that signed."
In related news, Minaj leads this week's Best New Tracks alongside J-Hope and J.Cole – so keep an eye out for more exciting drops from these talented artists. It's clear that the Queen Barbie's influence continues to grow within the industry as she takes on another role as a mentor and leader within it. Stay tuned.