Nicki Minaj Talks Engagement Rumors, Hillary Clinton + More
Minaj takes a similar approach in a new Billboard cover story, touching on everything from her involvement in her upcoming sitcom to asking for relationship advice from Jay Z and Beyonce and her feelings on Hillary Clinton. Read some of the highlights of the interview below.
She’s deeply involved with the development of her upcoming ABC sitcom about her childhood.
"I am maybe too involved. Two days ago I was in casting. I’m going back tomorrow. I found one girl who I’m obsessed with who might play me, and someone who could rival her. So I’ve been coaching them both. I do a beat, let them rap. I do little dances with them. It has been magical. I didn’t even know I had it in me, but I love children so much."
"I narrate this show, like Chris Rock narrates Everybody Hates Chris. It was little differences that made that show stand out. I want to have those nuances. My first day, I said to the casting director: 'This will not be a clichéd black show.'"
Nicki wants to have an acting career as prolific as Meryl Streep's.
"I want to do something very serious. Meryl Streep is one of my favorite artists of all time. She blows me away in just about everything she does. I love how she can go from The Devil Wears Prada to The Iron Lady -- she’s so incredible in that. My dream would be to have that type of acting career, where I can do both things believably."
Despite what it might look like, Nicki and boyfriend Meek Mill aren't engaged.
"He and I are not engaged. But he said he would like to give me three rings before we get married. My birthday’s coming up, and he better get the new one, because he got [the first one] for my last birthday. So let’s see what happens."
She and Meek asked Beyonce and Jay Z for relationship advice.
"We actually spoke with Jay Z and Beyoncé about it, too. After our show at [Brooklyn’s] Barclays Center [in October], we had dinner together. They were so giving with advice. I love them so much. It was just a beautiful conversation to have with people we love and we look up to as a couple. They’re so strong."
She might not vote for Hillary Clinton, but she "supports her as a woman."
"Am I convinced that she should be the next president? I still want to be open-minded about everyone. Obviously, I identify with her struggles as a woman. I identify with the fact that when she’s in that room and there are nothing but men there -- there’s sometimes something in her that must feel intimidated. But I think that she uses that and turns it into a strength. Because that’s what I’ve always done. And so I love her for sticking it out. She has gone through horrifying things, even within her marriage. She has been brave and weathered the storm. And continued being a boss. That’s something that every woman should feel inspired by, no matter if you’re voting for her or not."
Nicki likens the current war on drugs to slavery.
"What it has become is not a war on drugs. It has become slavery. Or something crazier. When I see how many people are in jail, I feel like, 'Wait a minute. Our government is aware of these statistics and thinks it’s OK?' The sentences are inhumane. I love the president for trying to be a voice for people who no other person has ever tried to be a voice for."
Nicki plans on releasing a mixtape again at some point.
"...the main thing is, I have to set an example for female rappers. I’m at the top of that food chain, and it’s important to lead by example. And because I came into the game doing mixtapes, I want to make sure women do not forget the importance of that grind, that walk up to the top. You can’t get there with a song. Because once that song is no longer hot, you’re no longer hot. It’s important that you are bigger than your music. Some fans are going to f--- with me for the rest of my life because they know where I came from. Fans know my struggle. How hungry I was. That I was not settling, I was not giving up. I was on everybody’s beat. I was ruthless."
Read the full interview over at Billboard.
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