During an interview with “Desus & Mero,” T-Pain revealed that the two had plans to work together early in Nicki’s career in 2007, but the Young Money rapper stopped responding to his texts.
“She was like, ‘Hey, I’m an artist too and I’m working on my shit, so ya know, baby chill,’” recalled T-Pain, who was heartbroken when Nicki turned him down because she was working on her own music.
When he asked her for a “quick little verse,” she reportedly told him, “I’m working on my shit too!”
He didn’t take her rejection as a “malicious” move, but admits that his feelings got in the way. “Maybe I was in love with Nicki Minaj,” he added.
However, Nicki has no recollection of brushing off T-Pain. After the interview aired, she responded to him and it was all love.
“I don’t remember this AT ALL but it DEF sound like smthn I would say,” she wrote in a comment on The Shade Room before admitting that she made a mistake. “omg what was I thinking? He was already a rlly big artist. I was still underground. Chileeeeee I used to b buggin yo I was under so much pressure to deliver.”
She went on to apologize while thanking T-Pain for clearing the “Go Hard” sample on her re-released mixtape Beam Me Up Scotty. “My bad babe, all love. I have nthn but respect for your talent. and thank you & Kanye for clearing ‘Go Hard’ for Beam Me Up Scotty last month.”
She also showered praise on the Auto-Tune King, whose vocals she studied. “listening to you over & over on that record taught me SM about harmonies & background vocals. Your vocals on that song alone are GOATED FOR LIFE. I listened to every single detail,” said Nicki.