Exclusive: Kanye West Enlists Nicki Minaj for New Album

Kanye West and Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj’s stock keeps rising. After appearing on records for Mariah Carey, Usher, Robin Thicke, Sean Kingston, and Christina Aguilera, Kanye West has called on hip-hop’s heroine for his new album.

BET’s Executive Vice President of Entertainment and Music Programming Stephen Hill was one of the lucky few invited to hear Mr. West’s eagerly-anticipated new project. “He’s got a track with Nicki Minaj that’s so dope,” he exclusively revealed to Rap-Up.com. “You won’t believe it when you hear it.”

The executive has heard four cuts from the album, tentatively titled Good Ass Job. “He comes back unapologetic and his performance [at the BET Awards] was stellar, absolutely stellar,” he said.

Hill described the direction as more reminiscent of the rapper’s first three albums. “It’s less like 808s & Heartbreak and more like Graduation.”

Kanye returned to the spotlight at last weekend’s BET Awards, where he opened the show with “Power” while wearing $300,000 in jewelry.

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48 Comments

  1. BowChickaWahWah

    Yesssssssssssss! MAGIC!

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  2. You Mad?

    YES!!!!! I cant wait to hear that track. Kanyes album is gonna be incredible. Nicki Minaj is just that go to girl. WHOS MAD???

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  3. shaytan@gmail.com

    As I Said Before… She has a buzz so everyone wants to works with her.. Until she can claim the fame by herself then Nicki Minilli hasn’t proved anything.

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  4. ...

    what makes people want to work with her? the only format she’s famous on = internet blogs. the only feature that did well was “my chick bad” and that was because of luda; “massive attack” flopped badly. “your love” is doing alright but damn, you’d think she was the hottest rapper in the industry instead of a plastic mixtape queen. whatever.

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  5. king

    dont get me wrong i love me some nicki but at dis point she’s mostly a featured artist than a artist herself…she cancelled that tour with rihanna to work on her album but he aint hearing shit..

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  6. Jor

    YES!!!! Now he should do a song for her project!

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  7. You Mad?

    3 BET Awards and her album hasnt even dropped yet. WHOS MAD???

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  8. Rap*

    I kinda wish for a Kanye/Rihanna collabo as well as RIhanna/Nicki.

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  9. Trey

    SO YALL MAD?
    GET IT NICKI!!!
    I think it’s about time we decide that Nicki will join Drake and Kanye as the hip-hop saviors in 2010.

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  10. Trey

    Btw, what would be fire
    is a
    C BREEZY/NICKI COLLABO!!

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  11. Joyams

    It’s gonna be good for sure, but Nicki has to drop her album before the buzz go down.

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  12. Whitney

    how yall gonna say Nicki hasn’t done anything on her own when Your Love just went #1 on Billboards Rap Charts with no promo, no video, nothin?! I think a lot of ppl just like to hate on her for the sake of hating! She’s out here doing her thing, so let her damn! Anyway, I’m excited about this collabo I love Nicki and Kanye! Can’t wait for both of their albums to drop!!

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  13. AAA

    Yeassss I can’t wait for that!!!

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  14. SEXDRUGSNROCKNROLL

    For female collaborators on this album I was hoping for either Nicki or Rihanna! He went with Nicki but my fingers are still crossed for a Rihanna collabo too! However I know this is going to be one of biggest collaborations of the year! I cant even put in my mind how awesome the video would be!

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  15. Sasha

    great…more nicki garbaj. hopefully yeezy can make a song with her thats tolerable.

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  16. Mpho

    I can’t wait for album…:-)

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  17. miro(;

    thats dope!! I agreee w/ miss whitney
    & nicki minaj aint just buzz, right now “your love”
    is #1 in the rap part of billboard.

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  18. shaytan@gmail.com

    Your Love is not rap… Its a pop song…. I have never heard it on any urban stations…

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  19. T

    I’ve heard Your Love on all the Urban stations here in Baltimore. They play the mixtape versions on some stations and the official version on other stations.
    Its good that it went to #1 on the Rap Billboard charts and she hasnt even done any promo for it.
    This track will most definitely be hot and hopefully it gets to become a single.

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  20. vee

    your love is a rap song is she not rapping on it and where do you live at where it doesnt play on urban stations cause it can’t get to #1 on rap billboards and #9 on hip/r&b billboards without playing on urban staions if anything i rarely hear it on pop sation. but yea i cant wait to hear her & kanye but im ready to hear nicki minaj next single 2 because there no point in doin a video for your love if it made it to #1 with out 1 last female rapper to have #1 solo single was missy with “work it in 2002 … man go nicki she is definately more than a feature artist … LOVE HER AND KANYE and cant wait

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  21. carl

    YASSS nicki!!!!

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  22. Trey

    @shaytan@gmail.com

    Your Love has just been released to pop radio and is like #46 on Top 40/mainstream radio.
    The bulk of airplay has come from urban-centered station its #8 on the urban airplay chart and #5 on rhythmic airplay.
    So idk what you’ve been listening to.

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  23. Scotty

    @shaytan@gmail.com

    you’re a mad dumb and a hater. they ‘your love’ all the time on hot97 and power 105 in New York. you know, where things matter.

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  24. Bux

    I don’t get all the hype about this chick.

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  25. GangsterA

    Dam i cant wait 4 kanye album an nicki is just the shit @shaytan not my bizz but why are nameing your self satan (devil) smh

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  26. JhuntdaProdigy

    I like Nicki & Rihanna, they’ve did well on their respective features, then I won’t mind them being on the album at all. I really would like to see Eminem & Drake on the album. Doubt this will happen, but J.Cole would be a sick feature.

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  27. niki whack

    This is worse than having Lady Gaga as a feature on Kanye’s new album FAIL to the fullest

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  28. HHH7387

    @ Trey, Drake & Nicki are not the saviors of Hip Hop. At least 1 of the 2 probably won’t even be around in 5-7 years (most likely Nicki). Right now, their helping to keep Rap/Hip Hop @ a below average level. It will be a few years before we see the real savior(s).

    In the current batch of up & comers, I can’t find anyone that fits the role of savior. So for now, it’s people like Nicki & Drake’s time, but remember that this “swag era” most likely won’t go past 2014.

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  29. JD

    She’s wack and over hyped. Why would kanye wanna ruin his album with her on it? none of her features topped any chart so I dont see what she’s trying to prove.

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  30. rbhswtnsrtnrwt

    they’ve did well on their respective features, then I won’t mind them being on the album at all. I really would like to

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  31. TheTruthIsBack101

    I agree with some of the comments who’s really mad
    because apparnently Nicki doesnt care she’s here for the money & sucess not the bummy bums

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  32. Mike

    YES! I can’t wear to hear this track.

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  33. HHH7387

    @TheTruthIsBack, that’s why music is in it’s current hole, because too many “artists” nowadays are too focused on getting money & fame, rather than putting the music first before everything.

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  34. Stevev

    Yesss I can’t wait to hear it I love Kanye and Nicki. And How is she overatted her metaphors are pretty sick.

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  35. True Story

    Sorry how can so many ppl give Nicki a pass and say that shes dope when shes the only one in the room. It’s not like we can compare her to someone so she should not have the crown I’m sorry She is with Young Money the hottest group out and that why she gets the hype… Robin Thicke feature flopped Mariah Feature flopped… My chick bad was ok but the Usher feature also flopped even tho I liked it… it flopped… Doesnt even come close to Fox and 112 nor Ray J and Kim… Nicki is cool but she is not what all what the hype is up to be #Will the real female rappers please stand up cuz Im tired of this bullshit… Lastly if she is so nice why is there always a debate about her features or music on everyblog… WAKE UP!!!! Girl /Boy BYE!!!

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  36. queensize

    Come one people use your brains. Nicki is popular…Kanye is in the dog house and he’s trying to get back in people’s good graces after the country white chick situation. One teen dream for another. Nicki better get all she can, when a real femcees puts in foot in the game Nicki will be a after thought. The 90′s are gone. Real hip hop is gone. The music today is sweet and light like cotton candy. She is a perfect fit.

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  37. TheTruthIsBack101

    Ummm who says Hip Hop has to be fuckin serious all the damn time really??? Nicki is being fun and playful nothing is wrong with that she’s in her own lane she said her own self she got the ten step hip hop book to be a female mc but she wants to be fun so why shouldnt she and if any othr rap bitch felt they could slay Nicki they would have been putting out better material point blank. Before Nicki even got in no one was intersted in female rap she’s the only one putting in work PERIOD

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  38. sade

    Every song she’s been on has flopped, just like her solo stuff, she is rubbish.

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  39. NancyW

    I agree with Queen Size and True Story…. @TheTruthIsBack you sound stupid and I guess you havent heard of the stories of others artist getting in the game… It’s not easy for no one to get in the game and if you dont agree think about Kanyes story.. Please he knew ppl and had the money and no one would sign him… Like she is with the hottest crew that gives her a pass… There are female rappers on World Star Hip Hop every day but if you dont have the money or the cosign your not gonna win… Point blank period…

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  40. TheTruthIsBack101

    How the fuck I sound stupid im just stating facts period shit Nicki grinded hers as well ya’ll making it seem like she slit right in she fought tooth and nail promoting her mixtapes if a female who wants shine and dying to make it in the game then they gotta stand up and fight for theirs plain and simple ya’ll mad Nicki is marketing herself and getting more features period.

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  41. NickiIsTheTruth!!!

    Furthermore, I certainly agree with TheTruthIsBack101. Nicki has done what it takes for a female MC to rise in the game. Come on guys, she’s not in it for herself. Women have paved the way for her and she’s an Idle to girls across the world. Nicki shows that you can be yourself and still have fame. Everybody wants to say she’s wack, well why speak so much on her. If someone is wack you shouldn’t even waste your time talking about them, but you are just like bums below her that crumble when she spits. Ms. Minaj is killing the game on her on tracks that don’t even have videos yet and she’s boosting other Artist’s fame with her lyrics on their projects. Nicki is signed and what are you? Denied. Thank you. The Truth is… Nicki Is The Truth!

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  42. really.?

    i think everybody is forqettinq why everyone loves nicki.! she came out with the beam me up scotty mixtape. & it went so hard.! that’z where she qot tha buzz from. but she also realizes that with a career that most of you don’t have, you have to make sacrifices. everyone knows that you can rap about anythinq nd. the world is dumb enouqh to pick it up if it has a catchy hook or beat.! she knows what she’z doinq. that’z why she never complains about the reaction to certain sh*t (massive attack.] she is an artist who is aiminq hiqh for herslef.! & in the end, i think it will pay off.! keep doinq your thinq nicki.

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  43. jeff

    she gets these features the same way any other pop artists gets it. The labels make it happen. theres a lot of money involved. it has absolutely nothing to do with anything else but money.

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  44. Uraj

    Who even cares if Nicki can’t do shit by herself, when she’s on collabos w/ people she goes nuts. Personally, I hate Your Love, it’s not the true Nicki. When she’s around other rapper’s, the true “barbie” rapper comes out of her. Have you heard her verse on “Sweet Dreams” (No Ceilings Version?) or her verse on Drake’s “Up All Night” or even her verse on “Roger That”..? She goes crazy, and I’m sure she won’t let anyone down with this one.

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  45. maria

    you haters got nothing on her.. her album is gonna be real good if she already won 3 BET awards based on real good verses!
    get a life go hate on someone else, she’s just starting in this business. bi**es, her song is #1 on the rap songs on billboard, first in 8 years.

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  46. Steve

    @Sade

    Ummm not really My Chick Bad and Lil Freak did really good on the billboards and Your Love is currently the #1 Rap Song in the Country. She also won the most awards at the BET Awards so Niggas really do stay mad.

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