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Nicki Minaj has certainly received a lot of praise and a lot of put-downs. And all before the drop of her debut album. But according to CNN:

Minaj says she couldn’t care less about her detractors.

“The people that are inclined to hate are also inclined to be losers. A loser could never congratulate a winner – it’s not in them” she says.

“I just think that what I’m doing seems weird, but I think it only seems weird because it’s exaggerated, but it’s not weird because it’s untrue,” she says.

Often the truth in Minaj’s career is trumped by the rampant rumors swirling around her love life, sexuality and lofty comparisons. Kanye West has said she has the potential to be second-greatest rapper of all time, next to Eminem. Irv Gotti has compared her to Lauryn Hill.

In regards to the latter, Minaj isn’t as humble as one might expect.

“Irv has been privy to hear things that I’ve done that the world hasn’t heard,” she says. “Based on the music I have out now, that sounds like an absurd comment, but when ‘Pink Friday’ comes out, you will completely understand why Irv made that comparison.”

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