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Nicki Minaj: 'Even now I tend to rewrite lyrics up to ten times'

Rapper Nicki Minaj has revealed that she will often redo her lyrics up to 10 times when working on a song. 

During an interview with, the hitmaker admitted that she tends to rewrite her lyrics because she always strives for perfection:

"I think you have to make sure you’re not lazy... Even now, I still rewrite verses five and six and seven and eight and nine and 10 times. Because I want it to be perfect. Don’t rest on your laurels. Keep trying, as if it’s your first day on the job. That’s how I think of it."

Minaj went onto add that she never takes shortcuts when it comes to her creativity and puts all of her energy into crafting lyrics because it's so important to her: "When it comes to creating, I always feel like, wait a minute, I can’t take any shortcuts. I have to be amazing, this has to be great, people have to love this, people have to know I spent quality time on it. That’s my motto."

She also gave aspiring artists advice and said: "New artists… try your best to be yourself... Try your best to ENJOY yourself. But make sure you keep your mind on your money and your money on your mind."

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