Time magazine has released their annual coveted “100 Most Influential People” list and joining the large group: ;Kendrick Lamar, Adele, Idris Elba, Caitlyn Jenner, Leonardo DiCaprio, Stephen Curry, Barack Obama and Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj.
In a interview with Time, Nicki, who also graces the front of the publication’s issue as an icon, opens up about equal pay and advice she has for women reaching for higher pay in their respective fields. “One thing I learned along the way in business is the necessity for you to be unapologetic about asking for how much money you deserve,” she says in the clip.
She continues, “At a very early stage in my rap career, I was making six figures for shows…If I heard there was another rapper making that, I thought, ‘you know what? I get out there and demand or command a crowd. I get out there and make my fans happy. I get out there and give a real show. I want that, too.’ And I pushed myself to be better with my showmanship, but I also decided, you know what? I want to be compensated well.”
Minaj explains, “If you know you’re great at what you do, don’t ever be ashamed to ask for the top dollar in your field. If I’m great at what I do, I can’t be denied. Some things may be overlooked but no one can deny my brand, and that’s the words of wisdom I would give to other young women.”
During the interviews, Mianj also dishes on working with Beyonce and how the collaborations have impacted her career. “Whenever I do something with her, I can feel the impact online and in the venue, wherever we are,” she says. “It just feels like young women are being empowered and inspired because I think it says a lot when you see two young women at the top of their field, whether they’re black or white, it just means a lot when you see them owning who they are and owning the business.”
As for what Minaj made the list, according to Lil Wayne, who wrote the article for Time, Minaj is an “icon, boss and role model.”
“I always wanted more for my artists and saw Nicki’s potential from the first moment I laid eyes on her,” Weezy wrote. “She’s reached far beyond everything I would have imagined. Man, she’s so influential and doing all the right things. She’s an icon, a boss and a role model to all these young girls out here on how to do it the right way.”
Clip here to see the full list of 100 Most Influential People.