Nicki Minaj Remembers Channeling His Inner Eazy-E
The self-proclaimed Black Barbie was one of a handful of artists selected for XXL's 20th anniversary special edition covers.
As part of XXL magazine's 20th anniversary issue, Queens native Nicki Minaj sat down for an interview and sent a list of Hip Hop artists that have influenced her. Although most of the artists who name-dropped (JAY-Z, Foxy Brown, Nas) is based on the East Coast, Minaj did hint at a time when she was influenced by the sound coming from the West Coast.
She still remembered the channeling of Eazy-E's "Boyz-n-the-Hood" for the 2 Chainz-assisted "Beez In The Trap."
"I also remember my passion for the West Coast at a certain time of my life, before you start to rap," Minaj said. "Therefore, I have to say that artists like Snoop Dogg and Eazy-E, too. And The Ice Cube. I remember when I went into the studio to do " Beez In The Trap.' I did not write anything. I heard the beat and I went in the cabin and I was joking at first, but I just started to channel some [Eazy-E] 'Boyz-n-the-Hood.' And I just started saying', 'the Bitches is not shit and that is not saying anything.' It just reminded me of the style, because the boys in the hood is always hard.'"
Minaj also commented on the Hip-Hop influence in popular culture, especially fashion.
"Some designers feel bigger than rap or Hip Hop, but nothing is bigger than Hip-Hop," he said. "Hip-Hop is, by far, the greatest influence in the life [laughter]. I mean, it sounds crazy, but what the children wear, how they speak, the slang, the dances, everything."
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Minaj was one of the artists selected for XXL's special edition covers. The issue hits stands on October 17.
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