Nicki Minaj Has Beyoncé, Rihanna, & Avril Lavigne on her iPod

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj has been keeping busy since the release of her platinum debut Pink Friday, but she’s managed to find some time in her hectic schedule to listen to other artists’ music. The Young Money diva, who is currently on the “I Am Music II” tour with Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, and Travis Barker, shared who’s buzzing in her ear.

“I listen to Beyoncé, I listen to Rihanna, I listen to Kanye, and of course Lil Wayne,” she said on set of her Elle magazine photo shoot. “Of course Drake. I listen to a lot of gospel music. I listen to Cyndi Lauper, Avril Lavigne… I just bought a whole bunch of reggae like Mavado and Lady Saw and Beenie Man.”

The Harajuku Barbie also explained that with her recent success, there’s some bad that comes with the good. “To know that I’m ‘making waves,’ it feels good but it gives me a little more pressure. Because before, I would do things without thinking,” she said. “I would do an interview without thinking or wear something without thinking, but it makes me put a lot more thought because now, I know people are going to pick it apart. Whether they love or hate it, people are going to pick it apart.”

As much as fans and the media scrutinize her every move, she knows it’s all part of the job. “It comes with the territory. You want to be one of those females in the business that people want to see what you’re going to wear and what you’re going to do and what you’re going to say,” she continued. “I just take the good with the bad. I cannot complain. I’ve been living my dream, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

Photo credit: Terry Tsiolis/Elle



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60 Comments

  1. Yeah

    ok cool

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  2. Yeah

    we have the similar taste, all 3 of these ppl are on my playlist too :)

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  3. RoryRock

    “You wanna be one of those females…” aka… you wanna be Lil’ Kim.

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    st Reply:

    @RoryRock, Kim has no music since 15 yrs now and has no buzz like this before fool.

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    HoustonGirl Reply:

    @st, She just put out a mixtape so shut the hell up with that stupid comment.

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    Aissy Reply:

    @HoustonGirl, that paypal mixtape that no one cares about? HA!

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    Ansel Reply:

    @Aissy, If no one cares about it they wouldn’t be talking about it stupid. If they REALLY didn’t care no one would say ANYTHING.

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    Aissy Reply:

    @Ansel, No one RELEVANT cares dummy.

  4. E.MY.E

    is tha news?? :-P

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  5. black madonna

    the only word i have for nicki is psych ward another day another story am sure there are lil kim song only you are a very sick girl

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  6. HoustonGirl

    Nicki Minaj pays Rap-Up to write stories on her everyday.

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    Nick Reply:

    @HoustonGirl, why do you always comment on nicki posts???

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    AAA Reply:

    @Nick, lmfao I kno right, like get a life, your not hurting no ones feelings lol

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  7. REALSTUFF

    you guys are so mad cuz shes livin the life u wish u had…#realtalk talented n gorgeous

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  8. desireep

    IF YOU ARE BITTER………….. Get A Life!

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  9. erycminaj

    all these bitches is my sonz! i love you HB. F these hatin girls

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  11. 564

    nice i like, nicki doing her thing.

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  12. Prettiedove

    Awwww Nicki thanx for loving ma gurl Rihanna, u two are the bestest!!!! I actually now love cos of Rih.

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  13. Your Point

    Really Rapup. Tall slackin with the news post. NOONE CARES WHO IS ON HER IPOD. She needs to get in the studio and writing something better than that nursery rhyme album she made. LMAO She sure has grown into her teeth too. And to all you lil girls thats about to comment #GET yall aint nothing but 12 and 13

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    so..... Reply:

    @Your Point, and yet you clicked this post……..how’d that happen?

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    Bianca Reply:

    @Your Point, grown women here and it’s clear you’re bitter. Though this is pointless news. It’s new you decided to click KNOWING it said Nicki and what’s on her ipod. You all make this too easy.

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    Your Point Reply:

    @Bianca, WELL i guess you was one of the bald headed hoes lined up for them tickets lookin like Trash Gettttttttttt and yes I click wherever I please. Yall so quick to down other emcees so I guess it was time for a change #BitchSit

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    rocky Reply:

    @Your Point, Well I guess you were that nappy headed bitter bitch that jumped on Rap up to see your hero. Support your whore and type in Paypal or google Kim’s ghostwriters bitch. Now, sit on that.

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    Dulcee Reply:

    @Your Point, You said noone cares bout music on her ipod yet you’re here right now. Get a life hoe.

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  14. jay

    love nicki and loved the interview

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  15. Jake

    Cookies and milk

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  16. RihannaLover4Evr

    Niki just keep doing your thang

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  17. SoHOT

    She KNOWS she got every Lil’ Kim album on her Ipod. From “Hardcore”, ‘Notorious KIM”, “La Bella Mafia”, “Naked Truth”, “Conspiracy”, FOLLOWING Everything the Queen does. She probably got every Lil’ Kim DVD, POSTER, Magazine Cover, studying what to jack next. Ummm Nicki, I think you’ve about stole everything Kim has done. #Clone. (Now watch the STANS) Hahahahah

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    justme Reply:

    @SoHOT, and im sure… by looking at the songs on her album kim got nicki whole cd on her shit making remix disses on em so she can get back in the light (a lil bit)

    #sityourassDOWN

    kim went hard on black friday, i aint gon say shit bout that..

    BUT DID YOU HEAR THE REST OF THAT SHIT!? The mixtape is garbage? Krimmy need to sit dowwwnn

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    HoustonGirl Reply:

    @SoHOT, You already know it.

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    rocky Reply:

    @SoHOT, How are you going to say that when Kim named her mixtape Black Friday and had a song with Nicki as a feature. If there were a class on Nicki Minaj all you low life bitches would pass. It’s simple; if you don’t like Nicki Minaj, don’t click on her post. It’s not rocket science, but you Kim fans are basic and fucken retarded. Pick up a textbook and log off your computer hoe. You’re degrading yourself and it’s a shame to your generation.

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  18. maya

    I kind of thought she would say Christina Aguilera, I honestly DON’T KNOW WHY!!!

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  19. MaZ

    Poor Nicki! Wayne has still not yet listen to your album! :/

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  20. oso_jo_ro

    I love that picture of her…
    her eyes are so pretty!
    TEAMINAJ!

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  21. Traci S.

    nicki you know you have lil kim on ur ipod.. dont ignore ur idol

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  22. BitchesIsMySons

    It’s A Little Sad That Lil Kim Fans Always Seem To Creep Their Way Onto Nicki’s Rap – Up Post Lol Sad

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    black madonna Reply:

    @BitchesIsMySons, stay off lil kim posts ,songs and videos and we will stay off nicki too

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    rocky Reply:

    @black madonna, Which posts,songs, and videos. You mean the posts, songs, and videos from the 1990′s?

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    BitchesIsMySons Reply:

    @rocky, Lmaoooooooooooooooooooo Exactly

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  23. chunel

    oooh enough with Nicki ! everyday a story about her ! what about the other artists???

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    Dulcee Reply:

    @chunel, Shes on here everyday cause shes dope & shes whats poppin. Like it or not. Everyone loves her, even yall haters on here all the time know everything bout her acting like you love her ;)

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  24. andrew

    Yall so bitter, leave her alone shit

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  25. YaBitterBitches!

    Lol. Some of these bitches is SO bitter. Like…to the point where it’s completely unecessary and un-called for. And shut up about this Lil Kim shit. You wanna have a bitchfest about Nicki? Go do it on some Krim fansite. Nicki getting money and she has everything going for her. + I see the same people on every single Nicki post and ALWAYS complaining. #HeresASeat

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  26. rocky

    I don’t get how you suppose “grown” women come on here and talk so much shit about Nicki Minaj; saying she’s kim’s clone. Blah, Blah, But, if she was exactly like kim, why is it so hard for Kim to come back to the game? Why can’t she make an album? Why isn’t she signed to any record labels? Why can’t she make a hit? Huh? Seems to me she’s nothing like Kim. Also, how are kim fans going to clown on Nicki, BUT say she’s a clone? You’re contradicting yourselves and talking shit about the whore (Kim) All I can say is; It’s nice to hear a woman rap and sound like a woman. Not like a dike! Also, it’s nice to hear what everyday people experience. Forgive me, but I don’t want to hear about sex and how to be a whore. Kim is nothing but a whore and her music was nothing but trash. Call me young, but I never/will look up to someone that prides themselves on giving head, and considered the rapper who rapped about being a slut.

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    564 Reply:

    @rocky,Co-Sign 101%.

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    Ansel Reply:

    @rocky, Kim’s music wasn’t trash. EVERY RAPPER in the game PERIOD rapped about real topics like drugs, sex, etc. That’s what Hardcore rap is. For you to say that stupid ish is basically saying that EVERY rapper who has spit a line is garbage. Kim has critically & commercially acclaimed albums & her music was based on what was going on then. She opened up the door for Nicki & that’s a FACT. & You need to listen to Nicki’s old mixtapes cuz she wasn’t to good to be rapping bout giving head either. So damn stupid smh…

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    alicia's a homewrecka Reply:

    @Ansel, Kim did not open the door for Nicki, Please credit the McLyte and Salt n Pepa’s for that to happen. Kim opened the door for sluts, home-wreckers, and jump offs.

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    Ansel Reply:

    @alicia’s a homewrecka, MC Lyte and Salt n Pepa opened the doors for Lil Kim and Foxy Brown. Lil Kim & Foxy both popularized the idea of sexy female rappers, though Lil Kim popularized it more. If Kim and Foxy didn’t combine hard lyrics with sex appeal there would be no Nicki Minaj end of subject.

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    alicia's a homewrecka Reply:

    @Ansel, you are such an oxymoron. Like I said Kim aint ish

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  27. princess

    love you nick minaj aways and forevery u too beyonce:)^^^^

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  28. LaurynHill's # 1 fan

    Why do so many people online hate Nicki Minaj? i don’t get it? She seems very likable to me and interesting.

    If I owned a blog or some form of media, I would make thousands of post on her too. she’s made for media. It’s really not too many interesting people out in rap right now so thanks for Nicki. That’s all.

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  29. say what

    nicki u ARE ONE OF THE BADDEST female
    mc’s in the game right now and i love how you are doing your thang. i love how you knows how to dress to impress U should start
    you a clothes line. and of course add wigs to your collection.

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  30. mc the blanco

    you bitches need to stop and leave lil kim alone lauryn hill is same age as kim why you dont cal her old tryin to put kim down is not workin she is still comin ,you are all in need of mental care just like your clone nickelodeon really fucked you up

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    Dulcee Reply:

    @mc the blanco, Um why are you here whore? Lauryn Hill is DOPE shes amazing, never hates on Nicki, Nicki never hates on her Nicki loves her ! We’re not here putting Krim down wtf? Bitter ass Krim fans are comin on Nicki posts n saying shit bout her, so we come back and attack them and Krim because of it. #Simple.. like you. Oh and its not working putting down krim ? thats why shes all quiet now, no new music out except that shit PayPal mixtape huh. Lmao.

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  31. S¢ene ¤ it*

    Haha all I’m sayin is whoever come on a nikki post n write they opposin’ bullsh*t is a someone America calls a STALKER!! U worry more bout nikki then Kim. For yall to like kim so much u sure seem to not know shit about her but that she made a very childish and insignificant “diss” on nikki. Well kim fans build a bridge n cross that muthaf#kka bcus nikki here gon b here wheter u like it or not.. Besides, betcha Kim aint on nikki’s post reading yall hatin ass comments n cheering for u 2 keep it up.. At least nikki is thankful to her fans!!

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  32. S¢ene ¤ it*

    *whether

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  33. S¢ene ¤ it*

    Get on kim post n write all yall lil feelings..Oooppss!! I forgot kim has none!

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  34. love ya!!

    okk is this lyk yo web cuz it reallly need an hook up nicki 4 ral com on now n u got all these people on her but every body click my video on youtube its call pretty girl rock jaboua & uncle john thank love ya fans nicki n i will 2 lol lmao bye!!!!!!!!!!

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  35. Louise.Taefu

    OMG I LUV NICKI MINAJ

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