Jay-Z has reportedly given Young Money's Nicki Minaj his official co-sign and the motivation to take her emcee skills to the next level. Reflecting on how Hov suggested she appear on Robin Thicke's "Shakin' It For Daddy" collaboration, Nicki revealed being shocked at the rapper's admiration for her
"I was like, 'What?' " Minaj said about Jigga claiming she has "charm." "Obviously, Jay-Z ... Jay-Z is a person in hip-hop that you almost don't think he exist until you meet him. It's almost like he's bigger than a person. He's a mythical figure. That's a great way to describe it. I was like, 'Jay-Z knows me?' I didn't think he knew who I was, let alone recommend me for something. If he did know who I was, I didn't know if he liked my style or approved. It was weird. It was like getting that stamp of approval from the most popular jock in high school and being a freshman in high school and thinking no one knows you exist."