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Nicki Minaj on ‘Anaconda': ‘It Was A Joke’

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In an interview with Complex magazine, Nicki Minaj talked about her controversial hit single ‘Anaconda.’ According to Nicki, the song came out of having fun in the studio with her friends.

“That whole song, I was just being dumb. It was a joke,” she says. “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.”

If you looked to the song as an anthem of acceptance for curvy women, though, don’t be discouraged. Nicki went on to say that she had that same intention, too.

“I wanted to create a song that embraced curvy women,” she adds. “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 shit 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.”

Nicki goes on to show how much she champions for women everywhere, saying, “Every woman is multifaceted. Every woman has a switch, whether she’s going to be maternal, whether she’s going to be a man-eater, whether she has to kick ass, whether she has to be one of the boys, whether she has to show the guys that she’s just as smart or smarter, she’s just as talented or creative. Women suppress a lot of their sides.”

She also goes on to talk about that super-racy NSFW ‘Anaconada’ cover she shot, saying that there was no real plan set in place to shoot it — it kind of just came about while she was on set for the ‘Anaconda’ music video.

“The artwork was not premeditated,” Nicki explains. “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!'”

She goes to say that she felt it was finally the right time to use a photo like that one.

“What made me excited about it was that people hadn’t seen me do a picture like that in years,” Nicki says. “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.”

You can check out the full interview over at Complex.

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