Rapper and business mogul Nicki Minaj was among TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People recognized in 2016. Minaj, one of only six honorees to be displayed on a cover, was also featured in a video interview in which she discusses her success in combatting inequality with empowerment and achievement. We expect you to be too busy pumping your fist to take notes, so we’ve excerpted a few major keys from the clip.
“From very early on, I felt [that] whatever I do one day, I wanna be more in charge of my business.”
“A man doesn’t have to write down your own thoughts. You’re intelligent enough to write down your own thoughts.”
“A lot of pop culture borrows from black culture, and often times doesn’t really say they got it from black culture.”
“If you know you’re great at what you do, don’t ever be ashamed to ask for the top dollar in your field.”
“It says a lot when you see two young women at the top of their field–whether they’re black or white–it just means a lot when you see them owning who they are, and owning the business. Owning the industry. Not taking now for an answer. Not being apologetic for who they are. It inspires women: young, old, black, white, whatever.”