Nicki Minaj is one of the most successful female rappers in the music industry. With an array of hits and millions of album sales to her name, 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 was during a 2018 interview with Stephane Colbert.
“Every time I say this to people they think I’m kidding, but I love Enya,” Minaj said. “I listen to it the most, of everyone,” Minaj said.
Minaj explained that Enya’s vocal ability and range of harmonies gave her ideas for her own records. Whenever she looks for inspiration when singing on her records, she thinks of Enya.
“You know what, it’s so peaceful, and it helps me with the harmonies, and just like the sounds and stuff,” 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 just tap into my Enya, my knowledge of Enya and I do my little evil – my inner Enya.
Minaj has expressed a desire to connect with Enya in the future.
“I know she’s a recluse too, I would love to meet her…I love her so much,” Minaj said.
Lil Wayne, Jay-Z and Notorious BIG are in his top 5 rappers
In a separate interview with Joe Budden, Minaj also revealed 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 for me because I’m one of those people who like…people who maybe aren’t big like HOV, or whatever. whatever, but I could tell their skills, like Jadakiss, I always talk,” Minaj said. “Or Fab… The people I feel maybe aren’t that type of rappers or whatever, but lyrically, because I know how hard it is to sit there and write raps and have them constantly sh*ts be raps like, ‘Oh shit.’
She noted that she tends to rank skilled rappers who may not be as popular at the top of her list.
“I’m one of those people that will put people like that, you know, high in that top 10,” Minaj said. “But I certainly never would have had a top five without Wayne, that’s for sure.”
Nicki Minaj doesn’t like Rick Ross very much
Minaj was also careful to note that she doesn’t like Rick Ross, the rapper who signed her ex-fiancé Meek Mill to his label, Maybach Music Group.
“Ew, don’t bring up that p-” Minaj said pretending to gag. “Don’t fucking get me started.”
She and Ross have a personal vendetta regarding Mill that she hasn’t quite overcome.
“Anyone with that name dumps a woman to sell 250 albums, never talk to me about them again,” Minaj said.