Nelly thinks Nicki Minaj is “awesome”.
The rapper has teamed up with the singer and fellow musician Pharrell Williams for his latest single Get Like Me.
While recording the track and music video, Nelly, real name Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr., was in awe of Nicki’s talent and thinks she has the whole package when it comes to being a performer.
“If you gotta do a video, why not do it with Nicki? We tried to refresh memories and bring back some good old fashioned vibe videos. She’s awesome man, you know she’s a 360, she brings everything to a situation – to a song,” he told BBC Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw. “She brings charisma. She brings star power as well as her vocals and lyrics and stuff like that. She’s the full thing. She’s great man, she loves hip hop and she’s great at what she do. She appreciates the position that she’s in. She kills it.”
Nelly, who performed in Liverpool as part of the radio station’s 1Extra Live event last night, also has great praise for Pharrell. The pair have worked together regularly since creating Nelly’s second record in 2002. He credits the singer and producer with helping him break boundaries and was inspired to move into a new direction with his music because of Pharrell’s influence.
“Pharrell has been a part of Nelly’s career since the second album. Ever since Nellyville, we did Hot in Herre and then you know the next album we did Flap Your Wings and we continuously make good music,” Nelly explained. “The thing about him is that, you know Pharrell is a limit pusher. You know he wants to push you to your limits but he wants to bring out the best in you. He’s one of those few producers that you trust in the sense of letting him guide you into new territory.”
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