Single-handedly, Nicki Minaj has revived the struggling New York hip hop scene. For years, there has been talk of the need of new blood for the city. Many new rappers have tried to step up and fill this void. Nicki Minaj ignored all the discussion and did her thing. By herself, Minaj put out a few mixtapes and was discovered by Lil Wayne.
Before the release of Tha Carter III, Lil Wayne had become one of the hottest rappers in the game. He was working with everyone in an effort to promote his album. 50 Cent, who was coming off an incredible run was no fan of Wayne. Often, 50 Cent would diss him, bringing up his sexuality. For a little while, it appeared as if the two rappers would end up feuding.
Lil Wayne avoided the 50 Cent feud even after a diss track was leaked from Wayne's camp. Even during his feud with Rick Ross, 50 wanted Wayne to speak up. When it became clear Lil Wayne was not going to challenge 50 Cent, he called him a punk and moved on to the next one. It has been two years since the last time 50 Cent tried to diss Lil Wayne. In the time since then, he has moved on to building his own Young Money crew.
Two years ago, Wayne said he was going to release two albums, Tha Carter III and another album which would feature the talent on Young Money. He said he was going to get his own projects out of the way because the artists on his label were better than him. At the time, the people thought he was just saying this, but soon it turned out he may have been telling the truth. In the coming months, Wayne would sign the likes of Drake and Nicki Minaj to the label. Unlike on most labels, there is no set album rotation. On Young Money, how hot an artist is determines when their album will come out.
By default, Drake was the hottest rapper on the label, outside of Lil Wayne, so he was the second in command on the label. Following the release of Rebirth was Drake's Thank Me Later. Nicki Minaj has built up a sizable buzz while she was waiting on a release date for her debut album. She is the first New York rapper since 50 Cent to have such a buzz in the city. Despite being from the same city, the relationship between the two rappers was rather iffy. This was because of the feud between Lil Wayne and 50 Cent so no one expected Nicki Minaj to make the statement she made earlier today.
When speaking on her new album, Nicki Minaj said she wanted 50 Cent to perform on her debut album. Of all of the people she wants on her album, Nicki Minaj said she desperately wants 50 Cent to be on her upcoming debut album.