(GEMS RADIO)–Nicki Minaj has revealed how Kanye West refused to work with her on a fashion project “a while ago” because of Kim Kardashian.
In a candid interview with Joe Budden that premiered on March 9th, Nicki disclosed about the moment she approached Ye for the project, a proposal he turned down perhaps too quickly.
Nicki’s Influence In Fashion
According to the record-setting female artist, she hoped that her influence in the fashion industry would persuade Ye to jump on the bandwagon.
She recalled how namedropping Fendi on “Chun-Li” led to the skyrocketing of the brand’s sales. But that wasn’t enough to convince the Yeezy founder.
“I told Kanye about my impact on Fendi’s sales. I was like, ‘Hey look, I’m about to do something, and I just wanted to make sure I spoke to you first,’ because I have so much respect for him,” she said. “And he was like, ‘Well, if I did something with you, I think my wife probably wouldn’t love that idea because I should be giving that to my wife instead. If I was doing a female version of the Yeezys or whatever, it should probably go to my wife.’”
Turned Down Too Quickly
While she understood Kanye’s position, she thought Kanye was too quick to turn her down.
“Kanye was very vocal about the fashion industry not letting him in at one time,” said Nicki Minaj. “So if a Black female rapper who you know has just shown herself to be sellable … then when I come to you as a Black man that I look up to, I’m doing that because you inspired me, because you said if the fashion industry didn’t want to let us in, even though we’re so influential.
“And then when I did ask, just put it on his radar, he said how he thought his wife would feel about it, and we didn’t really speak much more about it. Now, I’m not saying that [Kim Kardashian] said that, but that’s what he thought how she would feel about it.”