Nicki Minaj and Drake have always been close as YMCMB members and now, the Queen of the Barbz is opening up about her love for the Toronto emcee.

"Drake is my baby because that's how it was when we came in. So whenever I think of him, 'That's my baby,'" she tells Funkmaster Flex on Hot 97.

When asked if the two have had a rift in their friendship, Nicki was vague in her reply.

"Whatever is going on now, obviously we're all very busy and you know, s--- happens," the rhymer states. "It gets a little hard to have a real connection when people are on different sides of the world, working on different things. You just never know who people got in their ear or what they're feeling or maybe they felt wronged in some way. I don't know. I just know that Drake is my baby."

Flex also asked the 'High School' rapper if Drake had thrown subliminals at her on any of his songs. Nicki brushed off the idea, saying that she understands his busy schedule and not everyone (including her) can get a verse from him.

"I think that when you are in a place where Drake is, which is, everybody is asking him for a verse or a feature, sometimes, it is what it is," she explains. "He's speaking the truth. However he decides to take that, whether he is taking that as a compliment or not, I don't know. But, he's speaking the truth and I think he's speaking about every-damn-body. I'm not exempt from that and neither is anyone else."

Perhaps we'll see if he taps her for a guest verse on his forthcoming third album, 'Nothing Was the Same,' due Sept. 17.

Listen to Nicki Minaj's Interview on Hot 97