Uh uh uh! 2014 is not over yet and Nicki Minaj is NOT done slaying covers! This year alone Nicki has managed to snag more covers than Rihanna and Beyonce combined and needless to say the “Bed of Lies” rapper is more than tired (it was reported that Nicki fell asleep four times during her interview with GQ). But aside from her being overtired, you cannot deny the fact that Nicki Minaj is a hustler and nothing and no one will get in the way of her coinage.
In Nicki’s latest magazine spread, she also has a sit down with the people of Complex Magazine and not only does she answer the questions everyone’s been asking but she also has a pretty in-your-face response to the owner of All Hip Hop who penned an open letter to her her about her ‘Anaconda’ single cover.
On people saying that she’s reverted back to ‘Mixtape Nicki’
I didn’t go back to “Mixtape Nicki.” That’s how [members of the media] feel, but that’s not what I’ve done. I’ve never stopped rapping; I’ve never stopped doing freestyles; I’ve never stopped doing remixes and features; I’ve never stopped raising the bar lyrically. I understand and respect people’s opinions when they hear me do certain things and say she’s “going back,” but I haven’t gone back, I’ve moved forward. I’ve always been evolving.
On what she’s addressing on Pinkprint, which she says is her most personal album to date
My family, loss, death, guilt…. I’ve struggled with a lot of guilt.
When you’re working and you’re busy and you’re successful, no matter what, something suffers, whether it’s your relationship with your mother, your relationship with your whole family, not being able to go to your brother’s graduation…. Certain things suffer and take the back burner, not because they’re on the back burner in your heart but because the world just moves so quickly. A lot of people, when they’re chasing their dreams, they have to leave people they love. A lot of artists feel that guilt but they don’t express it.
On what she had set out to accomplish with “Anaconda”:
I wanted to create a song that embraced curvy women. I wanted to be sexual but be playful with it. And I wanted it to be so melodic that even if you don’t understand English you could still go along with the melody and you would have no idea about all the raunchy sh-t I’m saying—I get a kick out of that. It was simple to write. I just created the melody and then I let the words happen. I started laughing when I said, “Boy toy named Troy.” [Laughs.] That whole song, I was just being dumb. It was a joke. My biggest thing was seeing how my girlfriends Sherika and Thembi were going to react. If they don’t like a song, they’ll be like, “No.” As soon as they walked in the studio, we were laughing and having fun. I thought, if we’re doing this, then everybody is going to have fun with it.
On what she was aiming for with the backshot artwork for Anaconda
The artwork was not premeditated. I was shooting the “Anaconda” video and I had my photographer there taking pictures. When I was about to shoot my next scene, I asked to see the pictures he’d taken. He went through five or six and that one came up, and I was like, “[Gasps.] Oh my God. Yo, that picture is crazy!” What made me excited about it was that people hadn’t seen me do a picture like that in years. The reason why I stopped taking pictures like that was because I needed to prove myself. I needed for people to take me seriously. I needed for people to respect my craft. I’ve proven that I’m an MC. I’m a writer; I’m the real deal, so if I want to take sexy pictures, I can. I’m at the level in my career and in my life now where I can do whatever the hell I want to.
On her response to the father who wrote her an open letter after seeing the Anaconda single cover
“Shut your stupid ass up. Bye, dad.” I laughed at it. But I also didn’t even know that that was happening.
Do you not care? Or are you pretending not to care?
I don’t care. I used to care, now I don’t care.
On What made her stop caring about what was said about her on blogs and in the media
The only thing I ever cared about was people questioning [my rapping], because I know that I’m as authentic as they come when it comes to being a freaking MC. My first year in the game, I actually lost sleep over rumors, and then I realized, “What? This is entertainment.” These people will write anything about you to get attention and when you’re successful and famous, they know that when they say your name, people are going to click on the story. Now, to be completely honest, I don’t care. Sometimes if I hear something completely outrageous I’ll laugh, but no, the only thing I care about is my peace of mind, my well-being, my home, my family, the people I love, and the fact that I’m continuing to be successful in my industry. Everything else comes with the territory. You just have to get in on the joke, that’s what I realized.
On if she’d retire after her fifth album
Yeah. I won’t use the word “retire” but I would use the word “vacation”—because I don’t believe in vacations, I don’t believe in holidays. I have to put out all six of my albums, contractually. After the fifth, I’ll probably have my baby. I wonder if I’m going to be one of those women who balances my child with a career. I always said, “When I have my baby, it’s going to be all about my baby.” I don’t want the child feeling like they don’t have all of my attention, so I always said, “I’m going to take a little break.” But we’ll see.
On her worst fear
That I’ll become so consumed with work that I’ll forget to live mypersonal life to the fullest. If I’m done with my fifth album and I don’t have a child by then, no matter how much money I have, I would be disappointed, as a woman, because I feel like I was put here to be a mother. I have definitely put off the wife thing because I don’t want people in my business. I’d rather not do anything that’s going to be on paper but I definitely will be married before I have my baby. I want to make sure I do it in that order. I’ve always felt like that since I was young; my mother always put that in my head. By the fifth album, I will have walked down the aisle and I will at least be on baby number one, possibly baby number two. [Laughs.] And have $500 million.
Is Nicki killing it or what? That’s it, I’m officially dubbing her the It Girl for 2014. Slay Head Barbie, slay!
By Monique C. Tillman