Nicki Minaj Says Nas’ Roman Reloaded Collabo Was ‘Hip-Hop’

Superstar rapper Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman’s Reloaded LP officially hit stores today and one of the most talked about tracks on the album features fellow Queens royalty MC Nas on the surprise collaboration “Champion.” Fans have been raving about “The Don’s” appearance on the song but according to Miss Minaj she didn’t think the pairing would become a reality.

“I didn’t think I could get Nas, just to be honest” Nicki Minaj told New York radio station Power 105.1. “He’s always been so exclusive. He doesn’t work with everybody and I respect people that are like that. They take pride in their craft,” she explained. “When I first got in the studio, it was just gonna be all rap, that’s why I named [my debut] Roman Reloaded. Things just don’t keep my attention long enough to only do one thing. By the time the album was done, it was just a versatile album. But I have to say, I feel like people love saying the pop word first. The album is more hip-hop than pop.”

The Empire State Building should be lit up in pink lights tonight because “Champion”– the latest track to leak from Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded album–is what everyone is raving about in the Twittersphere. Nicki reminds us why she earned the #4 position as the “Hottest MC in the Game” this year. After hearing very playful verses on previously leaked tracks, Nicki shows that she can still hold her own lyrically, on a track with hip-hop’s elite. The track features labelmate Drake, Trap Star Young Jeezy, and hip-hop vet Nas.

It’s not easy to land a verse from the Queensbridge MC. MTV News caught up with Nasty recently and he spoke on recording with Nicki. “If I feel it I can get on it,” he said. “I heard the track. I felt it. I loved it.” Apparently, he loved it so much that he opened up about the early stages in the hip-hop game and what makes him a champion, rapping, “I inspire/your desire to be different.”

With the release of this track Nicki Minaj has finally provided a little bit of something for all of her fans. There are treats for everyone ranging from pop songs, to the dance tracks, to the lyrical and thought provoking joints. Nicki is proving herself to indeed be a “Champion.”

To celebrate Tuesday’s (April 3) release of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, we will be examining the “Evolution of Nicki Minaj” throughout the week. Check MTV News every day to see how the Southside Jamaica, Queens, Barbie went from a promising mixtape standout to rap’s reigning queen.

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