Nicki Minaj Officially Signs With Young Money

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Nicki Minaj is officially the first lady of Young Money.

The Queens rapper—who attracted the attention of fans and industry heads alike with her third mixtape, Beam Me Up Scotty—signed to Lil Wayne’s Young Money imprint just two months after Drake inked the dotted line.

“There’s so many people that kind of shut you down as a female before you even get your foot in the door,” Nicki Minaj told XXL Magazine. “So when you get moments like this it’s like ‘yes, finally’.”

According to a press release [see below], Minaj will retain and own all of her 360 rights, including merchandising, sponsorships, endorsements, touring and publishing.

While she’s focused on the Young Money compilation album, set for a year-end release, Minaj has began recording for her as-yet untitled debut album.

A lot of things that could’ve been on Beam Me Up Scotty weren’t because they were quote-unquote too good to put on a mixtape,” she told XXL. “So I have an arsenal and very soon we’ll start releasing stuff.”

Nicki Minaj’s first LP is expected to drop early 2010, distributed by Universal Motown.
Peep the official press release.

New York, NY–August 31st, 2009

NICKI MINAJ SIGNS TO YOUNG MONEY/UNIVERSAL RECORDS

Months after Drake signs with Universal Records, another intense bidding war ensues, resulting in Nicki Minaj signing with Lil Wayne’s Young Money label. During the last two years Minaj has emerged as one of the premiere rappers, choosing to fore go earlier label offers in order to establish a stronger fan base by way of the internet, promotional touring and a series of mixtapes.

After the release of Playtime is Over and Sucker Free, it was her third mixtape, the critically acclaimed Beam Me Up Scotty with featured appearances from Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane, Busta Rhymes, Bobby Valentino and Drake that caught the attention of music industry heavy weights.

Lil Wayne asserts, “I am honored to have Nicki Minaj as Young Money’s First Lady. She is a star.”

The battle among labels to sign Minaj heightened this summer and finalized with Minaj signing an exceptional and very unique deal with Young Money/Universal, where she retains and owns all of her 360 rights, including merchandising, sponsorships, endorsements, touring and publishing.

Nicki Minaj asserts, “To say I’m excited would be an understatement. It’s validation. It’s proof. It’s empowerment. I represent every little girl in a hood near you. To everyone that supported me two years ago when I was on underground mix-tapes and DVDs and to the people that only caught on two weeks ago, I say thank you. Be proud of yourself. You’ve given girls all around the world the permission to change the face of female rap.”

Minaj’s debut album is anticipated to be released in early 2010 and will be distributed through Universal Motown. Minaj is currently appearing with Lil Wayne at sold-out arenas throughout the country on the America’s Most Wanted tour, which also features Young Jeezy, Soulja Boy and more. Minaj continues to be managed by Mizay Enertainment’s Debra Antney who also represents Gucci Mane.

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8 Responses to “Nicki Minaj Officially Signs With Young Money”

  1. Christina says:

    Ouch!!!Watch out he is really building a f n empire. He bout to shut the game down. For years its always been North against South so he gaining that respect that he been had but harder. iHope and pray he don’t sign Bow Wow that lil nig was cool when he was younger drivin all the lil gurl’s wild. But Bow Wow what truth can come from behind his word’s. We love listenin to that real ish. ish the ppl go through every day. What has BW gone through but not being able to launch his grown man career. He dun had enough expirience in the game to produce but not rap n e more.

  2. sheama boo says:

    UGH.WELL I LOVE NIKKI MINAJ MUSIC…BUT SHE UGLY ASS HELL UP CLOSE LOL…..SHE CAN RAP OR WATEVER BUT I STILL LIKE TRINA BETTER I GUESS CAUSE SHE LOOK BETTER DEN HER…..HAHA NIKKI MINAJ IS ugly!!!

  3. sheama boo says:

    UGH.WELL I LOVE NIKKI MINAJ MUSIC…BUT SHE UGLY ASS HELL UP CLOSE LOL…..SHE CAN RAP OR WATEVER BUT I STILL LIKE TRINA BETTER I GUESS CAUSE SHE LOOK BETTER DEN HER…..HAHA NIKKI MINAJ IS ugly!!!but hell she is maken money so i cant blame her..lol i thought that yu make ppl look kute when dey become famous

  4. bama wife says:

    First time i heard nicki shit i was in love wit her style. I got all the mixtapes. This bitch is HOT! I knew she was gone be hot. I been on Trina since I was little, but Nicki is the new face. Trina’s a vet, I’ll always respect her, but Nicki got the spotlight right now. Plus she be on all my favorite rapper’s tracks, so i can’t help but to love her. GET IT GIRL! BTW, Sheama boo, take another look at nicki shit, I used to think trina look like a fuckin pirrhana by the mouth, but onece u really look, u see the real beauty.

  5. nigeria says:

    ily niki u really is de bestest az estest as for homie gurl trina u kute too love the way ya rap but o girl niki minaj on track she hella gudd on and in the rap game shit i aint gone lie she the best rapper alive rite na.(ni*ni on deck and plane out fuckin ova u slimmet hoes)

  6. melick123 says:

    eH NiCki Is FuCkINg h0t Yo !sHE Iss fAke bUt In DA oUTsiDE NOt FuCkiNG iNsidE …sHE Is kUtE , fUnNY , aNd hOT ..TrINa t0o 0lD T00 sIng ..ii DOnt LikE TrInA

  7. britney says:

    omg this is weird i didnt know she exists and im being her 4 halloween

  8. Jessica says:

    TRUE DAT CUZZZZZ!!!!!!

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