Keyshia Cole Admits Nicki Minaj Single Was Wrong Choice

Nicki Minaj and Keyshia Cole

Her collaboration with Nicki Minaj may not have found success on the charts, but Keyshia Cole is standing behind her decision. The R&B songstress explains that her label wanted to go in a different direction with her lead single, but she ultimately went with her gut.

Keyshia joined forces with the Pink Friday rapper on “I Ain’t Thru,” the first offering from her fourth album Calling All Hearts, but the song failed to crack the Billboard Hot 100.

“The label didn’t really want to drop the record because they knew … that people wanted a more intense, soulful record from me about love and I really should have followed [their] direction,” she told the AP. “But I wanted that to be a statement record. It’s like saying, ‘I’m doing me, you know. I don’t have no regrets for nothing that I’m doing.’”

She knew it was a riskier move going with the club-oriented record instead of sticking to more familiar territory. “I just think that people expect me to be, you know, an artist that sings about just love. But I’m always growing as an artist and I have to feed my artistry.”

The underperforming single was quickly followed by the mid-tempo ballad “Long Way Down,” which is off to a more promising start. “People are gravitating more toward [the record],” said Keyshia.

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63 Comments

  1. Phoenix_Wright

    Glad she still stood behind it, I actually like the song. I like when R&B singers sing about other topics and not just love. Love is great, hearing about it all the time though? not really

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  2. Rory Rock

    Keyshia Cole could humm on a track and I’d still buy it. She does no wrong and I love “I Ain’t Thru” – I just wish it was Kim and not Nicki.

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  3. jae elle

    Obviously Nicki M. can’t save everyone and guarantee a hit. It’s about time people realized that and focus more on their artistry and not on trying to capitalize on someone else’s buzz.

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  4. Crazihova1

    Keyshia, are you aware of Nicki’s disrespectful lyrics in that song?

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  5. TRUTH

    THE REASON SHE PICK NICKI FOR HER FIRST SINGLE IS NICKI IS HOT RIGHT NOW….

    KEYSHIA DON’T HAVE NO BUZZ GOING…

    SO HOW DO YOU GET BUZZ… GET SOMEBODY THAT HOT FOR THE MOMENT…

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  6. MizReality

    Forget single…why have you not been in voice lessons girl? That same one note in every song? I would not pay 2 pissed on pennies for your album.

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  7. jayy

    Wow i wish she would have just used Kim for her first single. Everybody remember Keysha & Lil’ Kims “Let It Go” song now that was a big hit everywere!! Keysha shouldc new beter & just stick with Kim but no. Does she have any idea how much Nicki is desrespecting Kim on that track? Its just sadd, Nicki, & im starting to think Keysha too, are nothing but Mary J. & Lil’ Kim clone clowns!

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  8. Rudy

    You wished it was Kim and not Nicki? You are retarded. Nicki is hott right now and kim is a washed up has been that really needs to get over everything. Nicki’s delivery is different and her style of music is different. its not all perverted and gross. The track with Keyshia is a good track, but i think the beat was wrong for it. Just because you put Nicki on a track doesnt mean it will be good!

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  9. Mr Xclusive

    @Rory Rock lol GTFO dumb A

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  10. KanYeezy

    great comment @Rudy….

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  11. D. Allison

    The album is fire – Didnt realy care for the 1st single, but I thinks it’s her best work to date

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  12. Kia

    Yes I wish it was Kim instead of nicki..Kim would of made the record better EXAMPLE: LET IT GO (Kim did not talk about sex in that verse) I don’t like the song I ain’t thru it’s not keyshia best song that she brought out and everybody knows that…I’m glad she realize that!!

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  13. Ahahahahaha

    It wasn’t because of nicki people ..people don’t want keyshia Cole to do songs like that they want soulful songs from keyshia like love or the one she did with Monica. This single was just a statement to let you know she not done.

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  14. YT

    @ kia yea i agree kim wouldve killed it, but maybe thats the reason why keri had her deleted on the final cut of “buy you” – were you aware?

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  15. Rudy

    again i never said everything that Kim did was nasty but she carried herself in a very dirty way that was like “how do even try and take her sersiously?” nasty girl! And yea i agree that people dont want to hear anything from Keyshia but soulful R&B. Props to her for doing her own thing tho!

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  16. Scarlette

    It’s because she chose a lil kim clone to be a feature on her single!

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  17. Rudy

    how is she a lil kim clone? they dont rap about the same thing? theyre delivery is different, Nicki is not dressing like a nasty hoochie and im sorry but Lil Kim is just plain UGLY! haha. her plastic surgery is terrible! i mean she looks like a visible fart! Nicki changed up the game and what kim should have done is make an album and let the money and the sales speak for itself!

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  18. jell

    minaj be hot right now but like she said the song failed on the charts whereas when keyshia did a song with kim it did NOT

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  19. Chris

    Keyshia’s best album in order:

    #1 Just Like You
    #2 The Way It Is
    #3 Calling All Hearts
    #4 A Shitterent Me

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  20. bknyhustle

    man nicki delivered just as expected on that jawn, i unno what else yal be talkn about but its sure some bs.

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  21. Anthony

    Its Keshia’s own fault for having that song and Nicki Minaj did her part and she is just blaming Nicki for not having a successful song its her OWN DAM FAULT she didn’t give a good song and ppl are saying if Lil Kim was on her song, she would do better o please as if Lil Kim is better,Lil Kim’s song download was awful

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  22. KOOL.

    if kim would have been better for the sonq, then kim would have been on the sonq.! its a reason why she was not. #thatisall.

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  23. Brionna

    like somebody else said Keyshia wanted to capitalize off of Nicki’s buzz but Nicki can save everybody

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  24. KC

    she didn’t blame anyone but herself…. read the article people!

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  25. renee minaj

    Why does ppl keep saying the song would have been better if kim was on it? Fyi keyshia didnt even need kim on let it go. The song would have been great w/o her. And the only reason why I like I Aint Thru is because of Nicki’s part. Nicki and Kim are totally different the way they rap thier whole style period is different. I like Minaj because she is different and she make different kinds of music. Kim try to act like she so thugish and she is far from it. ” Bitch if you aint shitting then get off the pot got some niggas out in brooklyn that will off your top” In the words of Nicki Minaj

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  26. Hasbeen

    where is lil kim thank you note?

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  27. jawss

    I mean nicki is wack alone. but keisha lost me as a fan having nicki minaj on the album. the industry is smuttin this hoe out on everybodys album, tossing her back and forth,. im getting tired of hearing her voice.

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  28. Hasbeen

    Where is Lil Kim thank you note, she know nicki the only reason for everybody talk about female rappers. All them bitches from 10 years ago wanna try to make a comeback now! They need to HANG IT UP, FLATSCREEN [if kim broke ass can afford one!] Nicki done kicked kim ass on romans revenge with one bar, it took kim a whole damn 6 mins. FUCK KIM! Biggie’s not here to write your stuff no more! All hail QUEEN MINAJ!

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  29. DEErockstarr

    IMO, I Ain’t Thru should’ve been a buzz single that got cut from the album. Long Way Down is more lead single material. Calling All Hearts has some amazing songs, but I Ain’t Thru isn’t one of them. The #58 peak proves that Minaj craze is over. NM cannot save artists anymore.

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  30. JAYE

    Nicki can’t save every song! Her verse was crazy. The song failed b/c of Keyshia’s singing and the lyrics

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  31. smoothcriminal

    Nicki didn a good job,she ride the beat like a horse,it,s type of song that,s the problem people don’t used to that type of music as in KC fans it,s not like she are Nicki mess the song up it,s just the type of song that,s coming from KC people talking about if it was that industry thing Hollywood train kim it would be a buzz come on people,if it wasn,t KC on the song it would be a buzz because that song isn’t Kc….just like she explain people want her to do soulfull/R&B..and she said she just wanted to do something different,it,s not about them both it,s the song it self no matter who was on it with Kc the song is just not for Kc.

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  32. Lil' Nello

    Good to see she realized that even though I like both songs!

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  33. nigel

    @hasbeen and @rudy.,i couldnt agree wit you guys more.!!

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  34. callingallhearts

    Yes, u r right. Nicki can’t save every song! but lil kim (a.k.a. washed up has been), she can’t save ‘any’ songs lol

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  35. Hasbeen

    Check nicki records, she is the only artist to have so many singles on the chart in the same year! Wow one little song didn’t make it! You guys just need to get over it, Minaj is the QUEEN. point blank. let the girl have her Moment 4 Life. We don’t need anymore of kims washed up sex bars, you see she didn’t make keri hilson’s cd, that proves kim is GONNEE, POOF like minaj said on this track. Can’t wait to hear foxy brown diss on christmas eve, I know it’s going to be better than Black Friday!

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  36. Hasbeen

    Pink friday sold more in the first week than all kim’s [sex albums] lmao! And it’s already [GOLD]. Kim need to get off nicki dick & stop using her as a way to get back in the game. Atleast nicki making songs abut good stuff..kim encouraging girls to go out and fuck a dick and how to make your pussy pop, wtf. Kim is a damn HASS-BBBEEEENNNNN. Her career been over they should have kept her ass locked up, she is no good to the industry or younger girls. Kim is on every interview talking about Nicki Minaj. Can we hear your music? Nicki Minaj is somewhere countin the money she just made off her album sales while kim is somewhere beggin someone for an interview, so her name can get out there! It’s over for you kim. Minaj just letting your ass blow steam until she feels like going back in on your ass!

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  37. Hasbeen

    Pink Friday sold more on the first week than all kim albums! And it’s certified GOLD already! Nicki Minaj just letting kim blow steam, Radiator. Until she feels like responding to has-beennnn, I meant kim.

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  38. Hasbeen

    Can somebody get kim a 9 to 5????, cause she need a job her career is overwith, Nicki minaj is who she ain’t fucking with! Hahahaha Now imma need for yall to send nicki her thank you note!

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  39. jhuntdaprodigy

    I’m not even going to discuss this Nicki vs Kim bullshit. Keyshia’s song didn’t underperform because people expected soulful songs from her. Let It Go was her biggest hit, and it was a club jam too. People just ain’t checking for Keyshia no more. The only way that song could’ve did better is if it was a duet with MJ, with raps from Biggie & Pac lol. It’s not even a bad song, just ain’t no one checking for Keyshia

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  40. ponyo

    ….keyshia cole the song was tastless…i understand the different direction nothing wrong with that….but the song was a disgrace….it was unorganized it didn’t seem complete to me….nicki did wht she does best focus on her idol lilkim….am sorry who is da has been…..cause nicki a kim stan.

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  41. Say

    She should of did it with Lil Kim….. I think that’s song was hotter….. With Lil Kim and missy ……. Every song that comes out with nicki minaj is alway something about Lil Kim,,,,,, people is going to get tried of that…… She doesn’t have nothing else to talk about that’s y this song flop

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  42. Lisa

    The song is wack. It ain’t got nuthin’ on “Let It Go” with none other than Lil’ Kim. “I Ain’t Thru” sounds like a poor man’s version of “I Can Love You.” They just couldn’t accomplish what Mary J. & Kim did.

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  43. Wow

    Even When This Song Is Clearly Nicki & Keyshia You Still Hear Lil Kims Name Bottom Line If Keyshia Wanted To Work With Lil Kim Again She Would Have

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  44. realreppinhiphop

    Lmao at this clone bitch tryna throw shade but was rejected by the charts, kim coming fo ya ass mama and she ain’t playing wit u bitch, it will b a murder scene she turning pink frinday into Friday the 13th, lil’ kim clone clown all this buffonery the shit stops now, put hands on this bitch like spa massage/bet kim shit keep spinning like she syndicated…….. Kim still counting what Hardcore generated fuck outta here wit that wack ass pink Friday, Notorious K.I.M shits all ova pink Friday hands down

    Kim 22mili albums sold worldwide do ya research hatas……. Bitch better catchup…lol Gold?! R u fucking kidding me barbs? Go lay y’all asses down bitch should b platinum, and I don’t wanna hear no excuses….kim first album sitting over 2mili sold worldwide even more! Calm down Gold? Lmao don’t she hve ova a mili followers? Lmao that shit will not reach platinum!!! Mad? Staymad.com

    DA REAL QUEEN COMING!!

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  45. oldschoolfool

    it takes more then one single to promote an album in 2010

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  46. No ma'am

    jae elle
    December 21st, 2010 at 1:22 pm
    Obviously Nicki M. can’t save everyone and guarantee a hit. It’s about time people realized that and focus more on their artistry and not on trying to capitalize on someone else’s buzz.

    Thank you!! Words right out of my mouth! Exactly what I was thinking. We all know that’s why she wanted to release thus song! I mean it sounds alright, but it wasn’t good enough for a first single.

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  47. @BoiWitOutAH3Art

    KEYSHIA STILL HOT IDGAF WUT NO 1 SAY!!!!!!!

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  48. jawss

    ANOTHER THING I DONT GET ABOUT NICKI MINAJ, IS WHY DO PEOPLE CLAIM THAT SHE’S THE BEST SINGER IN THE WORLD? LOL. WTF

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  49. safhri

    i love nicki but the first single choice totally wrong!
    thank God, the second single is way much better!
    in my opinion, the latest album from her is her best so far!
    love you, Keyshia!

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  50. Child, Please!

    @Rudy: That sure is some hype stuff you’re smoking. * smh * Look, truth be told, the AVERAGE Nicki Minaj fan canNOT complete a thought, let alone a SENTENCE. NM has to play a bi-role to garner more shock-value / fans. Pathetic. She has no skill (that’s right, I said it!) Anyone with half a brain can do a lot of stupid voices, fast or slow… where’s the paycheck?!

    The bed intruder’s brother hit the nail right on the head about you: “You are dumb! You are really, really dumb! Forreal!”

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  51. Child, Please!

    @jae elle: Thank you! * waves church fan *

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  52. Tracie

    I got the album yesterday and it’s good. It’s what you expect from Keyshia..good RnB. I’m about to listen to it again.

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  53. JC

    Oh Lord, I thought the post was about KEYSHIA COLE. How did we deteriorate to Nicki vs. Kim. Cmon, peeps!!!

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  54. Carmen

    I need numbers, I aint thru has over 2 mill youtube views, the other single 200,000. Go see for yourself. These songs came out at the same time, so how is that single doing better than I aint thru?

    I don’t understand y Keyshia is competing against her own single with the negative talk? smh.

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  55. Rahel Shibabaw

    u too love u girl my best lady!.

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  56. Mac

    Thats why u should never use an ‘Artist’ to gain more success, just because they’re dope right now.

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  57. TC

    I thought the song was great. I really liked it. It was something different from her. It let people know she’s back and to get out of her way.

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  58. Meg

    aint thur is crap! kim is all washed up and old… let it go nicki took your spot! Keyshia… youjust cant sing and thats why monica up staged you at the bet awards on you own song and this album is crap!

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  59. youamuseme LITERALLY

    I’m trying to wrap my brain about this Nicki being the Queen mess, so she’s the queen by default since she’s basically the only active female rapper in the industry?

    Anyway onto more relevant shit, I ain’t thru was not the best song to put out for a single especially the first one. Evidently, she thought that pulling a Trey Songz, Usher, DJ Khaled and whoever else song that Nicki Minaj featured on that it would be a big hit, but it wasn’t. The song was garbage without nicki minaj and to tell the truth that was one of nicki’s worst verses ever because yet again she’s throwing subliminals. Please stop with the repetition.

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  60. Sydney

    No Keyshia Cole just tired to come back and she used Nicki just so she can get some money off of the song and thinking that people would buy her cd and I think that people should stop talking about the Kim and Nicki beef cause who care you not getting no money they is and so what if Kim old look at Diddy,Mariah Carey,Jay Z and if they can come back out so can she and I like Nicki but she not all that her and Kim is a like and that’s why they can’t get alone they both FAKE and got a fake ass, they face done for real Nicki don’t care about her fans cause if she did in her songs she wouldn’t be dissing yall that’s what Keyshia Cole get first she was all on Kim now she on Nicki Bye Keyshia you will never be the beat

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  61. yunggKasanova

    I like how this whole comment board slowly became about Nicki & Kim… Im a die hard Nicki stan fan, and I had to come to the conclusion that every dog has its day…. Kim had shine once and I WAS a Kim fan but that was yesterday…. Nicki has that spotlight now and thats, that…. All the comparisons need to stop because in mah opinion these 2 are from two different times, and are two different lanes… Kim was known for being raunchy, and thats what we loved about her… Nicki is just a little more universal, and versatile with her lyrics… (not saying that Kim can’t cross into that lane from time to time) thats my opinion….

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  62. love girl

    i love ur song rite through me i sing it all the time i love it weel relly i love all ur songs keep it up nicki

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  63. MiniMinaj

    LOL WHO EVA SAID THEY WISH IT WAS KIM N NOOT NICKI OBVIOUSLYHAS SUMTHING WRONG WITH THEM BUH I DO LIKETHAT SONG THEY MADE KIM N KEYSHA BUH ANYWAY IM TEAM MINAJ ALL THE WAY .THE SONG WAS #1 ON 106&PARK N IT PROBLY DIDNT MAE THE CHARTS CUZ IT WASNT THAT HOT OF A SONG IN THE FIRST PLACE NICKI DID HER THANG AND KEYSHA….MMMMMM….IDK

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