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Trinidadian-born rapstress Nicki Minaj invited fellow Trini-repping rapper Foxy Brown at her recent Pepsi-sponsored free concert at Roseland Ballroom.
Minaj also surprised her fans with a slew of other guest features including her boss Lil Wayne, labelmate Drake and Collaborator Cam’ron.
However it was Nicki Minaj”s admiration for Foxy that caught everyone’s attention. When Minaj brought Foxy Brown to the stage, she called her “one of my biggest influences in the game.”
“I really wanna thank you for being one of my biggest influences in the game,” Nicki said onstage, later admitting that the moment was equally special for her and Foxy.
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“I never really told Foxy how much she has influenced me and how much she changed my life, and you’ve gotta tell people that when they’re alive to even be able to take the compliment, instead of paying tribute to them when they’re no longer here,” Nicki explained, in a very honest moment. “I never really knew how she felt about me — in the industry, with women, you kinda just tread lightly — and I’m glad I was able to finally come out and say: ‘You were the most influential female rapper to me.’ ”
As Minaj’s career continued to skyrocket with the release of her two Pink Friday albums, fans of legendary Brooklyn rapper Lil Kim accused the Young Money artist of ripping off Kim’s style, leading to an ongoing feud. But to hear Nicki tell it, it was Foxy who really connected with her on a different level, and she has no trouble paying homage.
“For her to be on my stage, it was emotional, and she was emotional,” Nicki said. “This is what this is really about. When you get where you have arrived to, you give thanks to people who opened those doors and triggered something in your mind. When I found out Foxy Brown was from Trinidad, that did something to me. In my mind, I felt like I could be proud of where I’m from.”
We would have loved to be a fly on Lil Kim’s wall to hear her thoughts on this one!