TIME Magazine just rolled out their 100 Most Influential People issue which includes covers for Nicki Minaj, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Zuckerberg and more. In an accompanying video, Nicki outlines four key lessons she’s learned along the road of success.
1. Get Paid What You’re Worth
“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. “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.”
2. Be Great At What You Do And You Can’t Be Denied
“I would tell women starting out in business, if you know you’re great at what you do, don’t ever be ashamed to ask for the top dollar in your field,” she says. “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.”
3. Working With Other Women Makes You Better
“Whenever I do something with [Beyoncé], 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.”
4. Black Women Have To Take Back Their Power
“I think Black women are held to higher standards. Pop culture takes from Black culture. And often times doesn’t really say they got it from Black culture. You know, magazines are acting like there just being done for the first time because it’s on a white woman’s head, or it’s on a white woman’s body. And you have to get used to living in a world that doesn’t even acknowledge that you did certain things.”
You can read the full interview here.