Nicki Minaj is one of the top pop superstars running the music industry today and she makes no apologies for it.
The rap mogul embraces being a boss and being in control of not only her brand, but who she is as a Black woman. We weren’t surprised her recent New York Times Magazine profile is packed with reads and provocative quotes.
In what’s easily her most revealing interview to date, the second rapper since Tupac to cover the magazine, Nicki called the reporter out during their time together for asking a “stupid” question before dismissing her. POW!
Minaj describes seeing Miley Cyrus on stage hosting the VMAs after Cyrus made disparaging comments about her in an interview with The New York Times.
1. ‘‘I saw [Cyrus] just looking at me, with her face screwed up, and I thought, What the!’’
Minaj shares her thoughts on Cyrus calling her “not very polite,” “not too kind” and lacking “love” and an “open heart” after she called out the MTV for not nominating “Anaconda” for “Video of the Year”.
2 ‘‘The fact that you feel upset about me speaking on something that affects black women makes me feel like you have some big balls. You’re in videos with black men, and you’re bringing out black women on your stages, but you don’t want to know how black women feel about something that’s so important? Come on, you can’t want the good without the bad. If you want to enjoy our culture and our lifestyle, bond with us, dance with us, have fun with us, twerk with us, rap with us, then you should also want to know what affects us, what is bothering us, what we feel is unfair to us. You shouldn’t not want to know that.’’
If you’ve ever attended or seen a Nicki Minaj live show, you know that she always talks to young fans about getting their own money, career and not depending on a man for anything.
3.‘‘I never was political or preachy, but I’d stop my show and do two minutes of talking to my girls, boosting them up. ‘‘They’d go home feeling, ‘Can’t nobody tell me [expletive].’
As her career has evolved, Minaj realizes she has a lot to say to her fans and the message she wants to get across.
4. ‘‘We got so many girls right now having children and don’t even know the first thing to say to a child, but you’re having a child because ‘I want to keep this dude,’ or it just happened. Why are we never in control? Why are we stuck with a baby? Why are we always stuck on the welfare line? Why are we always stuck having to beg, borrow and steal to provide for our children? Why do we think it’s something wrong for waiting to have a baby, waiting until you’re 35 or 36 to have children? Technology has changed — you can wait! Have something to offer them.’’
Minaj says as a child she didn’t feel confident in her looks.
5. “Now, I want to take steps to become more aware of who I am, what I like or dislike about my body.”
Minaj spoke on how she felt insecure on Instagram, “where everyone is drop-dead gorgeous” and how thick Black women aren’t glorified in hip-hop anymore.
6. ‘‘People [famous people], are posting pictures of working out, and then there’s a change in their body and they say it’s because they were working out! Ah-hahahaha. Back in the day, in hip-hop, the thick girl was glorified. Now the rappers are dating skinny white women. So it’s almost like, ‘Wait a minute, who’s going to tell the thick black girls that they’re sexy and fly, too?’ ’’
Minaj says her father never abused her, but he was abusive to the point she thought that was normal behavior. Being an adult, she realizes in relationships, women stay in unhealthy situations regardless of a man’s money.
7. ‘‘I would always hear him [her father] yelling and cursing, always. And it made me feel it was the way to interact, because that’s how I saw him interacting. When I was younger, I thought that the only reason my mother didn’t leave my father was for financial reasons. From early on in my life, I looked at a woman not having her money as the biggest curse. Now that I’m an adult, I realize that women stay whether a man’s rich or poor. It’s just a weakness.’’
Minaj opens up about how she deals with men and work.
8. ‘‘Since I was 15, I came out of one relationship and went into another relationship. In my relationships, I’ve been told, ‘You don’t have to work that much.’ But I can’t stop working, because it’s bigger than work to me. It’s having a purpose outside any man.’’
9. ‘‘They’re men, grown-ass men. It’s between them. I hate it. It doesn’t make me feel good. You don’t ever want to choose sides between people you love. It’s ridiculous. I just want it to be over.’’
Minaj becomes noticeably upset and offended when the reporter asks, “Is there a part of you that thrives on drama…?” when addressing the issues between Meek Mill, Drake, Lil Wayne and Birdman. She ends the interview soon afterwards.
10. ‘‘Why would a grown-ass woman thrive off drama? What do the four men you just named have to do with me thriving off drama? Why would you even say that? That’s so peculiar. Four grown-ass men are having issues between themselves, and you’re asking me do I thrive off drama? That’s the typical thing that women do. What did you putting me down right there do for you? Women blame women for things that have nothing to do with them. I really want to know why — as a matter of fact, I don’t. Can we move on, do you have anything else to ask? To put down a woman for something that men do, as if they’re children and I’m responsible, has nothing to do with you asking stupid questions, because you know that’s not just a stupid question. That’s a premeditated thing you just did.”
Photo Credit: New York Times Magazine