Nicki Minaj Ready To Bring Hip Hop To Britney Fans
First Published: May 10, 2011 5:43 PM EDT Credit: Getty Images
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Nicki Minaj just finished Lil Wayne’s “I Am Still Music” tour and she’s about to hit the road again with Britney Spears – but first, she’s dropping two huge songs and discovering her love of Nicki Minaj drag queens!
In addition to her latest single, “Super Bass,” Nicki can be heard on dance superstar David Guetta’s new single, “Where Them Girls At,” which also features Flo Rida.
“It feels dope! They’re actually two of my favorite songs that I’ve ever done because they just feel good,” Nicki told AccessHollywood.com. “And it’s time, just time for me to be in the club, you know, my voice needs to be in the club and people need to be getting tipsy, and wasted and crazy and all those other things to a Nicki Minaj song in the club right now! I’m actually excited about both”
Nicki said she was excited to lend her vocal skill to the French DJ’s song.
”[David] played this record he had with Flo Rida and I said, ‘Of course!’ I loved it the moment I heard it. I got really excited,” she continued. “We’re shooting the video this month.”
The 26-year-old mastermind behind 2010’s “Pink Friday” has been featured on tracks for some of music’s biggest names (Mariah Carey, Usher, Kanye West, Rihanna and Britney Spears to name a few) – but Nicki stressed to Access that she’s looking for quality, not quantity.
“I’m just trying to make the features really, really count,” she explained. “I don’t want to spread them out too much.”
As the opening act on Britney Spears’ “Femme Fatale” tour, Nicki might be too busy for anything but her own music, which she’s excited to share with new listeners.
“I’m looking forward to it… I know this will be a different audience, and I’m exited to just be able to transition from one tour to the next and not miss a beat,” she told Access. “We’re going to put our all into this and make it exciting, very different than the last one, but still keep it grounded in hip hop, still make it bright and fun and theatrical.”
When asked if fans might see Brit and Nicki on stage together while touring, she remained coyly optimistic, saying, “We’re in talks about it. I can’t confirm that yet though, but that would be awesome.”
When she first met Brit last month in Los Angeles, the rapper was struck by the Pop Princess’ star power.
“I was freaking out, my team was telling me, ‘Britney wants to come by’ and I was like, ‘Whatever, please stop joking with me, I’m not in the mood, like whatever!’ And when she walked in the door, I couldn’t believe it. She looked every bit of a superstar,” Nicki recalled.
The “Till The World Ends” singer wasn’t the only performer that made an impression on Nicki that night. “RuPaul’s Drag Race” contestant Shangela was also on hand at Hype at The Factory nightclub in West Hollywood, Calif. last month on the night Nicki and Brit met, where the drag star performed a medley of Nicki’s hits for Nicki herself.
”[Shangela] did this whole set and she killed it!” the rapper said of the drag performance.
Access caught up with Shangela on Monday night where she dished about performing the rapper’s own material with the star in the audience.
“Definitely one of my moments for life. I perform her music all the time because her lyrics are strong, fun and full of heart… everything that she is, and everything I hope to be as an entertainer. Halleloo!” Shangela told Access.
Nicki hits the road with Britney on June 16 in Sacramento, Calif. and wraps on August 13 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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