Nicki Minaj Addresses Drake’s Relationship with Young Money

Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Lil Wayne

Is Drake still down with Young Money? As rumors continue to swirl regarding the Canadian rapper’s relationship with YMCMB, his labelmate Nicki Minaj is speaking out.

During her interview with Hot 97’s Funkmaster Flex, Young Money’s First Lady was asked for her insight into the situation.

“I just feel like people’s perception of their reality is their perception of their reality,” said Nicki. “Sometimes people make moves based on their perception of what reality is and I know that sounds like a riddle, but maybe one day you’ll be able to unravel that one.”

Drake was absent from the Rich Gang album, prompting some to believe that he had a falling out with the crew.

But she doesn’t know what he’s going through. “All I can say is he’s so talented. Sometimes when you’re really intelligent and you’re really talented, you also think a lot and sometimes your mind is racing with thoughts. It is what it is. People go through their own emotions and you gotta respect it and keep it moving. We all love the team.”

As for Nicki, she’s Young Money all day. “All I can say is this, Lil Wayne is everything to me. I can’t speak for anyone else,” she said. “What Young Money and Cash Money did for Nicki Minaj I could never repay them for so I am forever indebted to them.”

But regardless of what the future holds, they share a love for their boss. “We all love Wayne and that’s what’s gonna hold us together,” she said. “Drake is my baby ’cause that’s how we were when we came in so whenever I think of him I’ll be like, ‘Oh, that’s my baby.’ Whatever is going on now, obviously we’re all very busy, and you know, shit happens. It gets a little hard to have a real connection when people are on different sides of the world and working on different things. You never know who people got in their ear or what they feeling. Maybe they felt wronged in some way. I don’t know, but I just know that Drake is my baby and Wayne is my everything.”

While Drake has taken some subliminal shots on his records, she’s never felt slighted by him. “I’ve never taken that personal,” said Nicki. “When you are in a place where Drake is, which is everybody is asking him for a hook or a feature, it is what it is. He’s speaking the truth. Whether he’s taking that as a compliment or not, I don’t know. He’s speaking the truth and I think he’s speaking about every damn body. I’m not exempt from that and neither is anyone else. If you’ve been asking him for a verse or a song or done a verse or a song with him, then maybe you are included. I don’t know, but he’s not lying.”

Listen to the full interview below.



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70 Comments

  1. Rasheed

    Naahhh!!! Drake not dumb…he know hes worth more than wat hes gettn hes grammy quality…a real artist…

    (p.s nas shud hv got the grammy last year)

    Anyway i still lk drake…I fell lk hes carrying young money thou. Anyone aggree? Or disagree?

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    Meme Reply:

    @Rasheed, I disagree that Nas deserve that Grammy. Firstly I can’t tell you one song from Nas album, that should tell you the impact the album to music. Drakes album with both critically acclaim and commercially successful. A few of the records from drake album will be song played forever and apart of rap history. That album was truly a master piece.

    I agree with you that drake is worth more than cash money. It must be a hard situation to be in because you don’t want to turn your back on ppl who help made you but at the same time you don’t want to hold yourself back, and honestly young money is holding I’m back becuz he can do it without them. But if he leaves there’s a great chance he will loose fans.

    I honestly feel drake doesn’t fit young money tho, his mindset, lyrics and persona is in another space.

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    Go Home Reply:

    @Meme, hahaha your dumb if you think drake album was better then nas. Hoe please. Go Home lol

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    CoolieJ Reply:

    @Meme,

    So what you’re saying is because you don’t know one song from Nas’ album it’s not Grammy worthy?… maybe you should give it a listen then.

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    trippynigga Reply:

    @Meme, what the actual F*CK, Nas’ album is inferior to drakes!?, you must be mad! drakes album was a masterpiece!? it was good, but not great! some of the songs will be forever played!? sorry but i cant remember any of the songs on that album from the top of my head, i got bored THAT quick. Nas’ album brought nothing but quality, whether or not if it was commercially successful, that album is one of the best rap/hip-hop albums this decade so far.

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    Wow Reply:

    @Meme, I disagree with part of your statement because Drake was big and had a following before YMCMB. What have they done for him musically? Drake is far more talented than anyone in that camp.

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    christina Reply:

    @Meme, I’ve always felt like Drake was more of a Roc artist!!

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    BEDSTUYFLY Reply:

    @Rasheed, I AGREE WITH YOU 100%. YOUNG MONEY WAS A GREAT PLACE FOR DRAKE TO HELP BOOST HIS CAREER, BUT HOME BOY HAS SERIOUSLY OUT GROWN THAT LABEL AND HAS A BRAND OF HIS OWN NOW. THAT LABEL MAY HAVE SOME HITS ON THE RADIO, BUT NO SERIOUS MUSIC FANATIC RESPECTS THEIR MOVEMENT ANYMORE. WAYNE AIN’T THE SAME AND WILL PROBABLY NEVER WILL BE. NICKI IS DOING ANY BULLSHIT FEATURE AND ENDORSMENTS TO STAY AFLOAT. AND… THAT’S IT. TYGA CAN SPIT BUT BASED ON HIS TERRIBLE ALBUM SALES OF HOTLE CALIFORNIA, IT’S SAFE TO SAY HIS TIME IS DONE. DRAKE NEEDS TO GO TO A LABEL THAT’S PURELY BASED ON ARTISTRY AND BRANDING. YOUNG MONEY IS A TEMPORARY TREND, BUT IF DRAKE WANTS TO HAVE LONGEVITY THROUGH THIS EVERCHANGING INDUSTRY, HE’LL HAVE TO LEAVE.

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    Rasheed Reply:

    @BEDSTUYFLY, Hahahaha i know…he knows he can sell music on his own he doesnt need them. But if he leaves they wud fall apart lol…thy apparently did tht dj khal marriage thng as a stunt so thy are broke..drake can afford top producers and already has is bro fourth and ppl wud b on his albums. Thy wud fall with out him i think thts why he wudnt leave thm. Kid cudi left goodmusic becuz he wanted to but its not lk they wud fall apart without em so it was cool. If drake left ymb it wud be lk he killed there company lol WAYNE BETTER COMEBACK!

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    Queens Reply:

    @BEDSTUYFLY, you guys are idiots drake is staying with Ymcmb and that’s that. who cares if other labels don’t respect when u pull out them numbers the other labels artist have sales lower than nicki so that proves their superior. we live in a world where jayz has what 19 Grammies but lil Wayne’s has millions in album sales so and some Grammies… So who cares you are suppose to ride with the people who gave to shot plus nicki is very intellegent and isn’t hoping on just any endorsement she is provided with them cause she is successful and for her rap feats she just proving again why she is where she is nobody said anything when Wayne and drake was hoping on everything plus nicki been doing mad feats before hand

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  2. Jalea

    Drake is not leaving Young Money, why can’t people just leave him alone :(

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    Brina Reply:

    @Jalea, yasss I agree they need to stop sayin he leaving when he Admit many of times he will always be young money

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    shade Reply:

    @Brina, oh please as much ass kissing that drake does if Jay ever approached him and asked him to join roc nation Drake would do so in a heartbeat.

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    ,. Reply:

    @shade,see your ignorance needs some facts,jay-z approuch drake and he chooses YM over him,glad i could help you with some knowledge.

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    Mr Nice Watch Reply:

    @Jalea, he’s done with FuckMoney. he has way too much potential to be Wayne’s shadow.

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  3. Brina

    Like said he will always be young money and besides drake been busy with his tours and working on his album like nicki said people just be busy sometimes

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  4. Leer

    So basically he’s going through his light skin Canadian emotions right now…

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    troof Reply:

    @Leer, yup

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    channel_ROMAN Reply:

    @Leer, That pretty much sums it up.

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  5. amilli

    Next story please!!!!!!

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    channel_ROMAN Reply:

    @amilli, Lol

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  6. aa

    @lmafo maybe he is

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  7. Hov

    Always knew he was a SOFT EMOTIONAL PHUNK LOL

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    Rasheed Reply:

    @Hov, With more GIRLS THAN YOU hahahaha!!

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  8. 2bad2bme

    he on his period… like he was when he started that fight with chris brown… chris will be back on his early next month… i think i’m started to keep up with their times

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    JayCeeP Reply:

    @2bad2bme, Chris Brown is going to flop. Bye, the past events that have happened in his life will forever affect his career.

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    zarahxx Reply:

    @2bad2bme, firstly this drake jokesare gettin irritating , repeating the same fuckin thing .. sigh move the fuck on and ehh chris is forever a FLOP .. bye

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    Wow Reply:

    @2bad2bme, stay delusional. Chris will flop like he’s been doing. He has not had a platinum album since exclusive and his sales are getting worse. You tried.

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    divinebrown Reply:

    JayCeeP & Wow, ya’ll slow lol. 2bad2bme was saying that chris would be back on his PERIOD early next month….

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  9. yooo

    Just because a man is untouchable at the MOMENT, does not mean he is more mighty than God. In other words, this dude needs to rhyme about something OTHER than being the hottest in the game. The legends became legends not only because of their boastful songs, but also their intellectual rhymes that put knowledge into people’s heads. Saying “Versace, Versace, Versace” over, and over again is about as dumb as it gets.

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    ash Reply:

    @yooo, You literally skipped over the OTHER THREE joints he dropped the same day as Versace, all of which were lyrically fire and weren’t ‘boastful songs’ about how he’s on top…. Too fucking stupid for words.

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    channel_ROMAN Reply:

    @yooo, Do you listen to the music or do you just listen to music.

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  10. Luciie

    Versace is a feature, he’s just going with what is hot right now on that verse, I think you need to hear some of HIS material. Also, his whole artistry is hardly based on bragging and being boastful. A lot of artists get cocky here and there.

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  11. Ice

    Drake is the only talent in Young Money, he can do alot better.

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  12. JHP

    Drake really is the only person in YM who actually makes good music. Like you can tell that he really loves the music he’s making, he puts his soul into it. The rest of them are just obviously only in it for the money, and are putting out garbage constantly. He doesn’t fit in with YM if you ask me, they’re holding him back if anything. I think at this point in Drizzy’s career, he could go the indie route if he wanted, I really don’t think it would hurt his sales. He’s outgrown YM. The only ones he cares about are Nicki & Wayne, have you ever heard Gudda Gudda on a Drake album? lol

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  13. Youngdoodoo

    only bitches care about this soft Hoe lmao

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    zarahxx Reply:

    @Youngdoodoo pause .. then why the fuck are you here tho ? … idiot

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  14. mano

    LMAO@ Youngdoodoo

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  15. ♪►Muzzac◄♪

    He said on stage with Wayne and Birdman that he is YM forever!

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  16. A

    Drake don’t be acting brand new on YM never forget who put you on boo. You would still be in your mommas basement now if Wayne didn’t have faith in you.. at least nicki realizes that.

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    Kayla Reply:

    @A, Seriously, shut up. You sound stupid

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    A Reply:

    @Kayla, so lil wayne didn’t help drake’s career ?

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    Rasheed Reply:

    Who no stop it drake wud hv been signed by defjam i bet. Plz. His mixtape was hot everyone wanted to sign him. Jay would hv but wayne promised nicki’s ass…probally smh lol

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  18. Sabrina

    If Drake feels that he outgrew Young Money fine, but these rumors of him signing with RocNation need to stop. Drake made himself a star. So Far Gone blew up because it was an an amazing and different body of work. Yes, it had great features but those big names never overshadowed Drake. I say all this to say that he does not need Jay Z. He should take OVO to the next level and focus on himself and new talent that he can nurture.

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  20. Shae

    With or without Young Money, Drake will continue to be successful. Yeah, Wayne helped him in a way, but eventually, with the gift he has, listeners would’ve came around. Not as quick without Wayne’s co-sign, but surely. As long as he keeps putting out what the fans want to hear, he will keep them & gain much more. The people love Drizzy the yellow n*gga…

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    Autumn Reply:

    @Shae, Yes, i agree with you 100% drake is going to be around for a long time i just think he shouldn’t be beef’n with YM (if he is) because that’s who he started with before he was making millions, just saying.

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    Jade Reply:

    @Autumn, if he IS beefing with them, that’s a whole ‘nother story. But if they [Wayne, Nicki, etc. OR just a management situation] gave him a reason to feel the way he does, then so be it…. Truthfully, Idc. Like I said, as long as he keeps putting out great music, I’ll continue to support. What’s going on behind the scenes is not my business. “/

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  21. Nicki Minaj Won’t Heat Up Drake/Young Money Beef Rumors: "People Go Through Their Own Emotions" | Blog at MediaStasHHouse.com

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  22. Oh God Why

    Wouldn’t surprise me if Jigga signs him. He would be better off at Roc Nation, he’s the only talented artist on their roster who has some actual substance. It would piss me off too if my Boss signed Paris Hilton to the label to do an album… ugh

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  23. Go Home

    Its the R O C

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  24. carlos

    instead of making it sound like hes going to leave why couldnt this hoe just say she doesnt know

    hows a stupid gonna make a song about stupid hoes

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    channel_ROMAN Reply:

    @carlos, She said “I don’t know” how many times..then proceeded to say that they’re all busy and are at different parts of the world and she don’t know who’s telling him what. What are you talking about?

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  25. Drake Ends The YMCMB Beef Rumors Once & For All [Video] | Blog at MediaStasHHouse.com

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  26. dw to k down to ez

    Drake gonna do what he want to do rather he stay with the young money record label or leave the record label just like Nicki Minaj said she can’t speak for everybody but her self which is Good for her. people need to chill out about the Rumor until you hear it from him(DRAKE) speak on it.

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  27. fuk you

    drake to ymcmb “you couldnt do without me yo tunchi tell me how my ass taste”

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  28. OVOAndre

    “YM i remain 4eva, the same place ma broda wayne at 4eva” Mark his words, he aint going nowhere!!

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  29. ovoxo

    Fuck Nas. Nas time is over. We should be supporting new artists like Drake. Drake is the future of Rap. To hell with hip-hop. Nas said was dead so let it rest. Drake will be king of this rap game over the next few years. He is a legend as we speak. He has the sales AND critically acclaim to back up his resume.

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  30. bob

    Drake is the best who ever did this rap shit…real talk. Drake has so much content out including Rap AND RnB that truly put life back into both games. People who dont fully appreciate what he has done are probably too young to know the history and evolution of hip hop music and culture. If he leaves YMCMB thats life shit happens. All of these people talking loyalty are failing to realize that he made them tens onlf millions of dollars over the last few years. Thats repayment enough. Wayne did a great thing by signing him but Drake could go platinum on ANY label…including his own. Just be glad you all got to witness hiphop evolving into what it has with his help. And as the poster said up top..Take Care was truly a masterpiece and the best LP of all time…not just rap music but period!!

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    SMH Reply:

    @bob, LMFAOOOO bro what city you from because y’all got some FIRE ass Dope there!! Leave that shit you on alone 4real!

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  31. bob

    @SMH, You troll a blog like 3 weks after the article is over….whatever city you’re from yall have waayyy too much free time on your hands…let me guess. You’re the guys who wants to pretend like your Tupac or Biggie like 20 years after they died and forever living in the past. Or who is the best to you? Grandmaster Flash Slick Rick LL Cool J???? Jeezy Gucci Wocka Flocks…Jigga Kanye Beanie??? Mos Def Akon Kool Moe Dee???? You know what…dont even respond….just go and get your fuckin shine box. :)

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  32. Cash Lybz

    Hahaha lawl..hei drake hs owt heiii ,ahhh f-ck drake he’s such a loser guys ,he jus’ left young money cuz of Nicki Minaj means he was so much into Nicki so he’s dying of indoor love jealousy,he cant handle nor accept it whenever he sees Nicki with another man perfoming in sucha sexxy way haaaag f-ck him hs such a loser iloved him biggtym wit YMCMB Hs latest album is a shit ahh cnt recommend it he was bestass wit da team,now all he could talk bwt is how he loved ,talking behind Nicki evn thou hsnt pointin owt name/s ..ahhh we still dope-ass evn hsnt around Future is around to kill tha Hook heiii,ar think nw drake hs losing hz talent dis man ahhh he’s in lost world he needs a love adviser …eiiii yaaa LOVE sumtymx can yaw everythng dnt let LOVE control yew jus lyk hm Drake ,look nw whr he is for no good reason ahh dat guy is a lover n loser not a real rapper cuz real nikkaz dnt gv a damn bwt a btch

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  33. gift graham

    drake is de bst in de wrld no matter wat y’all thnk….and nicki is dying 4 him fellaz

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  34. jayla

    have nicki minaj brake any awards?

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  35. jeffrey

    Leer! Talks about light skins things! You think there is a such thing like light skin in america??????????? America not south africa! Drake count himself as a black man

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  36. christina

    I’ve always felt like Drake was more of a Roc nation artist

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  37. teddy toronto

    drake you the boom you everything in young money you the best and I so salute all your albums a special nothing was the same as you said that Niggaz still play your old shit ya we still playing his old albums you thr best

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  38. drakeisbest

    Drake seems a humble man and shld keep that way (dnt like the fact that on the video of “Worst behavior” he acts all tough tho) but he is very good with his raps his nation shld be proud of him

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  39. Earl

    Drake you the best bro, just follow your heart and keep producing good music.

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