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Signing to Young Money Entertainment
After a trio of mixtapes gained her national attention from the likes of XXL, BET and MTV, big time rapper Lil Wayne (pictured) signed Minaj to his Young Money imprint in August 2009. It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship. She soon appeared on two Young Money Entertainment hit singles, "BedRock" and "Roger That." The label is also home to T-Pain and frequent Minaj collaborator Drake.