Nicki Minaj has been getting interviews left and right in promotion for her upcoming album, The Pink Print! The rapper recently snagged the cover of Billboard magazine, discussing how hard she really grinds and long term goals for her career.
Check out some of the highlights of the interview below!
On doing the behind-the-scenes work herself…because she has a brain
“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.”
On never resting on her laurels
“It’s corny when rappers feel like they’ve made it and they don’t have to prove themselves anymore. You should always be competing. You should always be trying to show that you’re the best. My album is going to be important to hip-hop.”
On those backhanded compliments
“Once I did American Idol, a lot of people would come up to me and say, ‘Oh, you’re smarter than I thought.’ “What does that mean?!”
On long-term goals
“I was just a little kid in Southside Jamaica, Queens, hoping one day I would have my own perfume. And now I have three.”
The full cover story is set to come out later today, Nov. 7!
Though I haven’t always been in support of everything Nicki has done in her career, I admire her work ethic. She hasn’t stopped, and now, regardless of how anyone feels about it, she’s on top of the world!
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