In an interview with MTV following the selection of the 2010 class, Nicki said she told XXL, "No disrespect, but no thanks." She continued:
"Drake and I, we love XXL. We just shot for XXL. With all due respect, we felt like we kinda had graduated from the freshman class. We felt that XXL missed the mark when they didn't put us on the cover prior to that. They have to pay for that. They can't say, 'Hey, get on the next one.' But we love XXL. That's like a hip-hop classic. So we said, 'Can we have something just a little bit more catered to us, so that we feel like we have still grown as artists, so we're not at all disrespecting the magazine?' They were cool with that. We didn't dictate, we just asked nicely."
Drake echoed her sentiment in another 2010 interview: "Technically, we were freshmen when they didn't put us on. I feel now it's just returning the favor."