Album: Pink Friday
Producer: Sean Garrett, Alex da Kid
Label: Young Money, Cash Money, Universal MotownSean Garrett: "That was my first time working with Nicki and it was nuts. Nuts and more nuts because Nicki is just a fireball. I wanted to do things a little differently than she did, just in terms of the production of the record. 

 

That record was really before it's time because by that time, people were expecting the street Nicki. They had no idea that they were about to see the pop princess and I was the guinea pig because I knew that would be big but I didn't know if that should have been put out in a street way.

 

"That record was really before it's time because by that time, people were expecting the street Nicki. They had no idea that they were about to see the pop princess and I was the guinea pig because I knew that would be big but I didn't know if that should have been put out in a street way. That was a record that Hot 97 blasted and I didn't really feel like that was the way it should have been introduced to the world.

"I felt like Nicki should have introduced it and she should have done a video first. A lot of times when I do records, I have a vision of not only the song effecting the radio but how it should look on the screen, too. I'm not saying it goes down necessarily how I want it too all the time but I like collaborating with the artists because we're artists. I never got a chance to know how she wanted to roll it out and I knew it was going to be a big record.

"The video got stupid views but commercially the timing was just bad. I wanted the drums to be bigger and harder but we just didn't get the opportunity to see it all the way through but I enjoyed working with her. Afterwards, she was on my song "Get It All." I was satisfied with the record "Massive Attack," it was a lot for people at the time.

"They wanted that queen, so if she had that as her second or third single it would have been out of here but that's how music is. It's timing, not just the record itself. It was a blessing to work with Nicki, she is very smart and very talented."