CLOSE: Nicki Minaj and Parker Ighile
NICKI MINAJ has signed her first artist, London-based singer Parker Ighile.
The US rapper confirmed the news via her Twitter page last week telling fans “My 1st official artist!!!! Aahhhh!!!!!!”
Parker Ighile, one half of British production duo Parker and James who have worked with singers Jessie J and Angel, admits he “screamed” when he was told that the Starship singer had signed on the dotted line.
When asked how it felt, Ighile replied: “I don’t know. Is this real? I keep pinching myself”
Parker, of Nigerian descent, has been a hit on video sharing site, YouTube for some time. His song So Beautiful has received over 13,000 hits since it was posted on November 11.
Little is known about the particulars of the deal, but Minaj’s fans, dubbed ‘The Barbz,” have questioned the star about her secrecy.
One wrote: “Why didn’t we hear about Parker sooner??? Was he sort of a surprise…”
To which she replied: “It just happened babe.”
After Minaj announced the signing, Parker took to Twitter, writing: “Woah! Woke up to all this love, thanks everybody!”
He later added: “To Everybody! Love u all. Thankyou for your blessings and support. Parx. X”
Parker has produced and will feature on the song Hell Yeah on Nicki’s new album, The Re-Up.