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Nicki Minaj Explains Why She Skipped XXL’s Freshmen 10 (Video)

blame it on Shake March 21, 2010

“Drake and I, we love XXL,” she told us recently on the set of her video for “Massive Attack.” “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.

Umm… did anyone even know what a Nicki Minaj was in late 2008? Sure she’s getting on every official R&B remix now, but back then? Nah…