Earlier this morning, Nicki Minaj was included in TIME‘s list of “The 100 Most Influential People“, which you see more information about on YoungMoneyHQ here.
TIME got Lil Wayne to pen the entry for the Young Money Barbie‘s selection on their list, because after all he was one of the first people who saw potential in her.
In his letter (see below), Wayne explains first seeing Nicki on The Come Up DVD, why he signed her to his record label, how proud he is of everything she has accomplished, and more.
“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.”