5 Things We Learned from Nicki Minaj’s Billboard Interview
With Nicki Minaj's new album 'The Pinkprint' coming out in December (Dec. 15 to be precise), her promo is nonstop. She recently sat down with Billboard to talk about everything from Iggy Azalea to the amount of control she has over her music to everything in between. Check out the highlights from the interview below!
1) Nicki Minaj isn’t interested in playing nice with Iggy Azalea
While never officially confirmed, the feud between Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea doesn't seem to be ending any time soon. When asked a question about Iggy, Nicki doesn’t answer, instead meeting the interviewer’s gaze with "a withering, wordless stare." According to the interviewer, any time an Iggy track would come on during the interview, Nicki's team would shut it off immediately. Although Iggy made an attempt to put their feud behind them by complimenting Nicki on her MTV VMA performance, it doesn't look like we'll be seeing a collaboration between the two rappers any time soon.
2) Nicki is in full control
When talking about her image and her music Nicki said: "People don't know how heavily involved I am in my own career. I'm on 15 to 25 conference calls every few days strategizing with my team. I think a lot of artists sit back and have it done for them. Sometimes as women in the industry -- if you're sexy or like doing sexy things -- some people subconsciously negate your brain. They think you're stupid.”
3) She attributes her strong attitude to her mother
After moving from the Caribbean island, Trinidad and Tobago, to Queens, NY, Nicki saw her drug-addicted, alcoholic father beat her mother. He even tried to burn the family’s house down with Nicki’s mother inside. Nicki credits her mother as instilling that strength in her: "My mother always had this attitude that she didn't take no for an answer. So I guess that carried on to me.”
4) Don’t call her stupid
Reflecting on her stint as a judge on 'American Idol' Nicki said: "Once I did 'Idol,' a lot of people would come up to me and say, ‘Oh, you're smarter than I thought.' What does that mean? Was I making weird faces [that made you think] I was stupid?" She has no regrets, going on to say: "Thank God I did that show. At least I was able to show my true self, speak and have a mind.”
5) She admires Beyonce’s work ethic
When talking about the 'Love on Top' singer, Nicki says: "There's something about [Beyonce's] work ethic that always made me feel like no matter how hard stuff gets, I'm not allowed to complain. Some women give me the feeling that where there's a will, there's a way.”
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