Nicki Minaj Says Lauryn Hill Comparisons Not Unfounded

Lauryn Hill and Nicki Minaj

Kanye West said she could very well become the second greatest rapper of all time, while Irv Gotti compared her to Lauryn Hill. Not too shabby. But the question isn’t whether or not they believe in Nicki Minaj’s potential – it’s if she thinks the comparisons are warranted and can back them up. The Lil Wayne protégé recently revealed that she has played material for Irv Gotti from her forthcoming debut Pink Friday, and that based on what she made him privy to, the likening to Ms. Hill isn’t just hot air.

“Irv has been privy to hear things that I’ve done that the world hasn’t heard,” she told CNN. “Based on the music I have out now, that sounds like an absurd comment, but when ‘Pink Friday’ comes out, you will completely understand why Irv made that comparison.”

So far, her chart-topping single “Your Love” has showcased Minaj’s singing skills, which she also flexed on her breakout mixtape Beam Me Up, Scotty. She previously told Billboard that fans shouldn’t be surprised if she’s doing more singing than rapping on her debut, and that she hasn’t decided on whether she’ll have guest stars on the release.

Pink Friday, due in stores November 23, marks her first official solo release. “To carry on a great tradition of Black Friday, we are going to switch it up this year in honor of the Nicki Minaj album and call that day Pink Friday, and call my album ‘Pink Friday,’” she explained of why she chose her album title.

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34 Comments

  1. iAreConscious

    WhhhhhhhhhhhhhhAAAAAAAAAAAT?!

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  2. ...

    this is why i hate hate hate hate hate hate hate HATE nicki minaj. go home, girl.

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  3. Jaye

    I’m glad she took up for her self and the comment. #teamminaj

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  4. DownWitDaDiva

    Really Gotti, he is so desperate to just be out and hearing his own voice again. Lauren Hill though? No matter what Nicki cooked up for her “Pink Friday” album, it can and will neva reach the status of “Miseducation of Lauren Hill”. Don’t get me wrong, no I am not a hater, I actually like Nicki as an artist and her music. She’s been out less then a year and she’s already bein called “one of the greatest”, this I must see? To many rap artists have fought and die for this title, it should not be misused so lightly. Agh, she’s becoming another Beyawnce.

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  5. Shaytan

    All 4 (Irv Nicki Kanye Lauren) are certifiable CRAZY! They do have that in common!

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  6. A Realist

    @Shaytan

    Crazy people make the industry more entertaining. ^_^

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  7. drtash

    i liked nicki for a while but now i’m realising she’s just a lil bit too full of herself. I’ll believe she’s like Lauryn hill when she comes out with a meaningful, credible songs and an album that impacts on a generation the way Miseducation of lauryn hill did. Just cause they both sing and rap doesn’t mean a damn thing. WTF?!? That’s some good crack she’s smoking.

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  8. dayday

    everyday its something about this bitch stfu put ya cd out

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  9. hmmm...

    SMH…I HATE! I MEAN HATE! WHEN SOMEBODY COMPARES NICKI TO SOMEONE, THE HATERS JUST LURK AROUND THE NET TO JUMP AT NICKI FOR IT…WE HAVENT EVEN HEARD THE MUSIC THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT THAT MADE THE COMPARISON POSSIBLE. ATLEAST GIVE THE CHICK A CHANCE BY SEEING WHY IRV BELIEVED THE COMPARISON WAS WARRANTED BEFORE YOU FLAP YOUR GUMS SPITTING OUT YA IGNORANCE…

    AND EVEN IF THE COMPARISON IS OUTLANDISH WHEN WE DO HEAR THE MUSIC, WHO CARES??? PEOPLE GET A LIFE AND STOP HATING…SO MUCH HATE IN THE WORLD, HOW ABOUT A LIL POSITIVITY??

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  10. will

    Thats why Murder Inc is no more Irv Gotti is a certified dumbass smfh.

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  11. hearts

    i love nicki (so much!!!!!!!!) but WATCH the rap.up readers go MAD over this comparison. lauryn hill is a GOD. and nicki just needs to get that first album out before we can really talk. but way to throw fuel on the nicki fire!

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  12. Ankka

    can’t wait 2 read the reviews of her future FLOP.

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  13. A Realist

    Calm down. How many solo albums did Lauryn put out? I’ll wait.

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  14. youamuseme

    Nicki, if this is true then why am I hearing bullshit from you? If this is true then why do you use autotune in most of your songs whenever you sing? Like I’m so tired of comparisons and I have yet to hear something that makes me believe. Stop talking shit and make these skeptics into believers like Drake did. #thatisall

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  15. Keri

    WOW!!!!!!!!! Im speechless, first of all Kanye West and Irv Gotti, should be SHOT for saying this STUPID crap. First of All, this chick has not released an Album. What has she done besides make some quest appearances. How can he fix his mouth to compare her to Lauryn Hill? This is why people hate Nicki right now..because she is just way too cocky for her own good. How dare you compare yourself to a LEGEND!!! First of all you will never be a Legend because you have bitten off Lil’ Kim style since you arrived. So pathetic, be ORIGINAL Nicki.

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  16. anonymous

    Did they say L-BOOGIE? ….PUH-LEEZE! Lauryn is an innovator, an intellect, an old soul much like fine wine. Not to mention she has all talent and no gimmicks. Does any of this sound like Nicki???

    MY RAP-UP READERS HELP ME OUT – DOES ANY OF THAT SOUND LIKE NICKI????

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  17. Infamous1

    U KNOW WHATS FUNNY? I REMEMBER NICKI GIVING MASSIVE ATTACK THE SAME HYPE & IT TURNED OUT 2 BE A MAJOR FAIL. NOW PPL ACT LIKE MASSIVE ATTACK NEVER EXISTED. SMH, SHE’S @ IT AGAIN. SUPIN’ UP DIS ALBUM SO PPL GO & BUY IT ONLY 2 BE DISAPPOINTED.

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  18. STRAIGHT MALE NICKI FAN

    she not cocky she was being realistic she said it was comparison not a replica

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  19. Jae Doe

    first of all aint no way in HELL NOR HEAVEN nicki minaj is any where close to the Goddess of Music Lauryn Hill. Lauryn Hill is the TRUTH. Nicki Minaj is fake PLASTIC. If anything they are totally opposite. I like 3 of nicki songs but her catchy hooks are gettin played out. She raps nonsense in her songs. Lauryn Hill talks the REAL. I cant wait to get her cd on bootleg wen it comes out. This makes no sense IRV GOTTI is EXTINCT and Kanye jus like to hear himself talk shit. If Nicki is jus like Lauryn that mean Lil Kim is like Lauryn. Now we kno that shit aint true. Keep it real folks!

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  20. PinkFriday

    NICKI MINAJ ALREADY HAS MORE BILLBOARD ENTRIES THAN LAURYN HILL — BUCKLE YOUR SEATBELTS BROADS !!

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  21. Ceeya

    THAT IS CRAZY!!!!! LAURYN HILL TALKED ABOUT REAL SHYT! LIKE DOO WOP AND LOST ONES….NICKI IS TALKING ABOUT WHAT EXACTLY??
    OHHH PLS GET THE FUKK OUTTA HERE!
    YOU CAN’T COMPARE LAURYN HILL TO NICKI MINAJ THAT’S LIKE A MAJOR DISS!

    KANYE AND IRV GOTTI JUST WANT ATTENTION.

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  22. JhuntdaProdigy

    Okay, I like Nicki, but I agree that Pink Friday has a 95% probability of not f*cking with The Mis-education Of Lauren Hill. But listen to Autobioraphy, Still I Rise, & The Sweetest Girl Remix. Nicki is capable of rapping about something meaningful, and maybe something like that is what she has in store for he upcoming album. I’m not saying it will be better then, on the same level, or even almost as good as Lauryn, just don’t hate when u ain’t evn heard it yet

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  23. Okay

    im going to wait to hear “pink friday” before i say anything cuz you truly never know . mean massive attck aint on it and i heard your love was just a bonus track and to me lauryn is OVERRATED her singing voice is staight and she can rap pretty good she is overparised like she some goddess like just like people say ppl act like massive attack never happened ppl also seem to forget lauryen was crazy especially with those black baby comments and lauryen had a lawsuit about somebody else writing her lyrics….thats why i cant respect kim (cuz of biggie rapping queen bitch) or foxy (cus jayz sed her wrote some of foxy stuff) or lauryen (cus somebody sued her for Ghostwriting and won )..one thing you can say about nicki is she writes her own shit nobdy sed they wrote her stuff for her and i respect that

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  24. STRAIGHT MALE NICKI FAN

    idgaf i’m still supporting nicki she didnt even say she was the next lauren hill she said the music just tells stories like lauren hills music did whateva

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  25. miss

    nicki minaj should never ever be in the same category or sentence as nicki. sorry mama. but lets keep it real. you’ll never reach her level

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  26. lolo

    “NICKI MINAJ ALREADY HAS MORE BILLBOARD ENTRIES THAN LAURYN HILL — BUCKLE YOUR SEATBELTS BROADS !!”

    You are so bloody ignorant music is not about creating hits that do not have substance and longevity; it’s about creating masterpieces that will be remembered for generations to come. Let me school you a little bit, Lauryn Hill was in the group called the Fugees with an album called the Score which is still the best selling hip hop album in music history over 22 million copies sold worldwide. The Miseducation has sold over 22 million copies as well still beating Beyonce and Alicia Keys first solo project. This information coming from Commissioner Gordon who was the Musical Director on the Miseducation (2008 August Rolling Stone Miseducation commemoration Interview of people who worked on the album). The Unplugged has sold over 4 million copies without any marketing or promotion. Sweetheart, please do research because you sound so uneducated. The Unplugged was considered a flop and tell me how may black artists today dominating the industry have sold close to the Unplugged? Obviously not to may. Lets see if Nikki will surpass L-Boggies album sales.

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  27. A Realist

    Lauryn is definitely OVERRATED. She’s great, no doubt about it, but she put out one solo album OVER a DECADE ago and people acting like its still shitting on everything else people put out today.

    “Time machine bitches always talking bout the old days. When they was hot, when they was touring with the OJays.”

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  28. Judah

    First, to that last ignorant person that put something about it beeing so long ago since L put a album out is absurd!!! That’s like saying because Marvin Gaye has nothing new out his shyt is not relevant! That was a dumb ass statement. A classic is a classic. It holds its own throughout time, no matter what the “year” is. You could play the “Miseducation” 20 years from now and it will still be fire! L is one of the top 3 female emcees in the history of rap. Her voice, style, flow, content, delivery, singing, hooks to this day cannot be messed with. I give credit where credit is due, I like Nikki and her music. But to say she is in the same room with L is an insult. And who the phuck are you to mention the O’Jay’s? Dumb ass!!! That’s another group who lasted about 4 decades (these new artist will be lucky if they are relevant in the next three) and their music is “still” being played as I text…OH..wait…you wouldn’t know nothing about that!

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  29. QUEEN BEE

    fuck nicki minaj and her contorted ass facial expressions fucking look like she taking a shit lol

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  30. Christian

    Sorry but Nikki Minaj is like a bag from the flea market-nothing but a knock off of Lil Kim. Lauryn Hill made the mistake of pouring her heart on an album and didn’t have enough left for the second. However Nikki will never have the class or talent that lauryn hill embodied, remember homegirl can sing and rap. I really think Lil kim needs to come out box and smack Nikki and drake for being so disrespectful.

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  31. jp

    Everybody talking bout Lauryn Hill like she the know all. She was on like 2 albums???? WTF? Some poor soul even called her a “GOD”. WTF is wrong with you people stay off the smack…that is all

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  32. jp

    And to the Judah commenting about the “classic” . Marvin Gay had a string of consecutive hits/albums. Lauryn Hill (who i like) is nowhere near that level…more like a one hit wonder type…it is what it is

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  33. shugniqua nance

    what up

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