Nicki Minaj has confirmed that she is going to hook up with Eminem in a track on her upcoming debut album "Pink Friday". The Young Money first lady will have her alter ego, Roman Zolanski, going head to head with the Slim Shady.
"It was Roman ... and it was Slim Shady," she told MTV. "The real Slim Shady. It was the most fun song on Pink Friday. It gave me life. Absolutely, darling." The duet track is titled "Roman's Revenge" and comes from production hands of Swizz Beatz.
In further statement, Minaj recalled how she reached out to Eminem to propose the duet. "We went out on a whim and put it in the air like, 'It'd be great if he would collaborate with us'," she said. "I remember I kept talking about it, and I thought, 'It can't hurt.' I sent him one record, and he didn't love it."
"He didn't say, 'I don't love it'; he just said, 'Can you send me something that's a little more me?' I sent him an e-mail and thanked him for that, just having enough respect. Sometimes people don't respond. He had the respect, at least, to treat me like a peer."
From there, the femcee chose the Swizz Beatz production cut. She actually didn't want any additional verses because she thought it's good with her riding solo. However, she sent it to Eminem and "he picked up the phone for that one." Now that the the Slim Shady joins her in it, she feels more excited.
While Nicki Minaj is hard at work preparing her album which is due November 22 in the United States, Eminem plans to "take a break" following hectic years of "Relapse" and "Recovery". However, he is still open to help other artists work on their project. "I'm in the studio with [Dr.] Dre now, let's jus say that," he said in a radio interview. "Pretty soon he's going to make a beat and I might rap on it." He added, "I'm glad I could be a part of something."