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Naomi Osaka Said Eminem, Nicki Minaj Albums Got Her Through U.S. Open

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Naomi Osaka Said Eminem, Nicki Minaj Albums Got Her Through U.S. Open

By Jenna Amatulli via

The U.S. Open champ is also a fan of Kendrick Lamar and Beyoncé.


U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka revealed the music that helped her on the way to victory.

“I listened to Nicki Minaj‘s new album [‘Queen’],” the 20-year-old and first-ever Japanese Grand Slam champion told People in an interview published Tuesday.

Osaka told the publication that she commits to a single musician before matches and only changes artists if she loses. She makes exceptions when musicians drop music unexpectedly, which led her to Eminem’s latest album “Kamikaze.”

“And then Eminem dropped a new album so I was switching between those two. I’m genuinely more into hip-hop and rap.”

In addition to Minaj and Eminem, Osaka has previously blasted Kendrick Lamar  during…

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