Nicki "had to beg" Ye to change his mind and get on "Blazin'" instead.
Nicki Minaj recently shared a bit of insight into the writing and recording of some of her most beloved songs. The Queens rapper spoke of the hooks she freestyled in the studio, as well as the collaborations she's done with songwriter Ester Dean. One of the most interesting tidbits was shared had to do with Kanye West.
According to Nicki, when West was looking for a song to jump on from her then-upcoming debut album Pink Friday, he originally selected the ballad "Right Thru Me." It was only through some convincing from Minaj that he agreed to add a verse to the deep cut "Blazin" instead.
Hooks I freestyled in the studio: "Blazin" Fun fact: Kanye REALLY wanted to get on RIGHT THRU ME. I had to beg him to change his mind.— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) March 25, 2017
Yes. I wish I would've obliged. But at the time it was just such a personal song to me. He really loved it. Lol. Crazy right? https://t.co/reuMJVoa1q— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) March 25, 2017
For anyone that's heard the songs, it's probably for the best that Ye ended up where he did. "Blazin" stands as one of his most underrated features, and it's hard to imagine him doing more with the mid-tempo trot of "Right Thru Me."
Check out a few more of Nicki's songwriting tweets below.
Did I ever tell y'all I wrote 2 diff hooks to that song? Yup. In addition to writing ALL my raps I wrote a lot of your fave hooks too! 😴🙏🏽😍 https://t.co/VY6siBcnOb— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) March 25, 2017
Hooks u guys have grown to love that I freestyled in the studio: MOMENT4LIFE, BEEZinTheTRAP, DIDitONem, RightThruMe, RomansRevenge...— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) March 25, 2017
Here I am and Catch me. Also hooks I freestyled in the studio. 2 of my fave & most personal songs. Produced by Swizz. https://t.co/SDv5YtCLom— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) March 25, 2017
After I wrote all the verses plus the ALL THINGS GO pre chorus, ester created the melody for the B hook. I wrote the lyrics to the melody. https://t.co/ZErSyC5Tap— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) March 26, 2017
Wrote entire song + arranged my own vocals & harmonies. I had never brought in a vocal coach for ANY of my shit til TURN ME ON&GRAND PIANO. https://t.co/EzGKM6ahlM— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) March 26, 2017
Spent days writing Freedom. One of my career faves. Facts on top of facts on top of facts. The beat>>>> wrote Freedom in Malibu https://t.co/yEhxOZAQk1— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) March 26, 2017
mostly Ester. U can tell when I write a singing song from beginning to end cuz I write in a comfortable key 4 my range. SAVE ME & FIRE BURNS https://t.co/hydlWjmMOq— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) March 26, 2017
Cuz that's very important. "Up In Flames" wasn't a single - I wanted to make sure ppl heard that 🎀 I have both & an empire also 🔥🔥🔥🔥 https://t.co/HUJTSV0jDP— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) March 26, 2017