MTO WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Nicki Minaj Has A New MAN . . . He's Popular . . . RICH . . . And A Hip Hop LEGEND!!! (Meek Is About To Be IN HIS FEELINGS)

Nicki_Nas_Love1 just got EXCLUSIVE NEWS - and this is about to be the BIGGEST news in HIP HOP.

According to our person EXTREEEEMELY close to Nicki Minaj, Nicki has a new LOVE INTEREST. Rapper NAS!!

Here's what our snitch explained:

Nicki and Nas have been close for a long time. Ever since working together [on the Right By My Side video] they've always had a cordial relationship.

When they worked together, Nicki was with [Meek Mill], and so nothing went down. But as soon as Nicki announced that she was single, Nas hit her up.

They're still early in their relationship, and Nas is still courting her. But Nicki's already got feelings for him.

And for those that have ANY DOUBT about our sources, we EXCLUSIVELY learned that Nas and Nicki will be TOGETHER in SXSW at the Mass Appeal party on Thursday.

We're told that's where the couple will "make their debut". Hip hop is about to have a NEW HIP HOP TOP COUPLE!!!