Meek Mill has compared himself and Nicki Minaj to Beyonce and Jay Z.

The 28-year-old star has admitted he sees similarities between himself and Jay Z and believes rappers shouldn't have to always appear independent.

Referring to criticism from the likes of Drake, he told Billboard magazine: ''You can't be hard all the time, man.

''There's both sides to everything. What's wrong with it? Jay Z was a street rapper and he had a girlfriend.''

Meanwhile, things are going from strength to strength between Meek and the 32-year-old singer as he previously revealed he wants children ''sooner or later''.

He said: ''Nicki ain't pregnant. But yeah, I wish...I already tweeted that five years ago, so it should be happening later. Sooner or later, when we ready for that.''

Nicki - whose real name is Onika Tanya Maraj - also denied the rumours, writing on Twitter: ''He always hit me after the interview n give me the run down. He ain't mention that part tho.

''No matter wut he, or anyone else says, Onika Tanya Maraj won't b pushing anyone1 out her vajayjay, until she's married. Now check that (sic)''.

Meek may not have too long to wait as the pair recently got engaged.