LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Singer Nicki Minaj performs onstage at the 2011 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on November 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Producing and songwriting hip-hop and R&B group Full Force recently sat down for an interview where they discussed being the first to discover Nicki Minaj.
During the interview, they talked about how when they first met Minaj she was in a rap group with her then ex-boyfriend Safaree.
MIRAMAR, CA – DECEMBER 03: Recording artist Nicki Minaj and Safaree Samuel perform onstage during “VH1 Divas Salute the Troops” presented by the USO at the MCAS Miramar on December 3, 2010 in Miramar, California. “VH1 Divas Salute the Troops” concert event will be televised on Sunday, December 5 at 9:00 PM ET/PT on VH1. (Photo by Michael Caulfield/Getty Images for VH1)
However, they began to work with the then up-and-coming rapper as a solo artist. “The bottom line is that we paired off and then we started working with Nicki solo and working with her as well and taking her to different places,” one of Full Force’s members said during the interview.
“And then one place we went to Warner Brothers, Kevin Liles. I went with Nicki and Kevin says, ‘I love the group but it’s that girl. It’s that girl.'”
NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 24: Recording artist Juelz Santana attend the 1st annual Celebrity Hair Show and Beauty Expo at the Hammerstein Ballroom November 24, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/ Getty Images)
Full Force then went on to explain that Minaj turned down a possible record deal. “But the thing about it is they wanted to have a ghostwriter for Nicki. Jean Nelson at the time wanted Juelz Santana to write for her and she refused,” he continued. “Nicki didn’t want to because Nicki always had a thing about writing her own [expletive].”
“And that was impressive to me because even with that and she had a little crush on Juelz Nick was like,’I don’t care B. I write my own rhymes, damn that.'” another Full Force member said. Check out the clip here.
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