Nicki Minaj: UK’s Guardian Weekend magazine Feature!
Nicki Minaj is featured in the latest issue of Guardian’s Weekend magazine.
Here’s are some highlights from interview:
On her feud with Lil Kim: “Why in the black community have we got to hate on each other? Gaga didn’t on Madonna… we’re helping each other.”
On taking the business side of things seriously: “Everything I do, I do with business in my head. If you’re not savvy, this business will eat you alive. A lot of people see it as a big party. And when that party is up, what are you going to do? - I want to show little girls that the possibilities are endless. That’s my goal – to not only do it for myself, but to show them I can do whatever I put my mind to. I don’t give a damn if I was born poor, I can come out of this shit with something to offer my children and grandchildren.”
On how she sees herself as a role model: “I tell my Barbs, ‘Stay in school, respect your body, don’t go giving it away, don’t depend on a man.’ I tell them that all the time.”
On not wanting children to sing along to explicit lyrics: “I’d be very upset. I don’t want children cursing. I’m very strict on my nieces and my little brother. They have to listen to clean versions of music. Even my music.”
On pressure to change her image for the children: “Sometimes it feels like I have to change, but I can’t. What rapper changes themselves for children?”
On her father’s drug and alcohol addiction: “He could be [scary]. Especially when he was drinking. It’s weird, because when he was on crack, he was more peaceful, and when he would drink, he became loud and violent. Each drug has its own spirit. You could see it on the person and feel it in the room.” Was she scared of him? “Of course. I was very, very afraid that he would snap. I wasn’t afraid for myself but for my mother. He didn’t do anything to me or my brother that made us feel we had to fear him. - We moved so many times when I was a kid. We were always running away from him. Whenever we got to a new house, he would find us.”
On if her parents ever separated: “He’s still with my mother. He went to rehab and cleaned himself up. Eventually they started going to church a lot, and he got saved and started changing his life. He’s away from drugs now. He doesn’t instil fear in people any more.”
On if her father’s addiction affected her outlook on men: “Yeah. Definitely to men. I vowed that I’d never allow any man to control me or to be an alcoholic or anything like that around me, because I don’t want my children seeing that.”
On if she’ll tone down her lyrics for her young audience: “Why do people ask me to lose swear words? Do people ask Eminem to lose swear words? Do they ask Lil Wayne to lose swear words? Nobody stops them and says ‘Would you stop swearing… for the children, please?’”
On being determined to “out-curse” male rappers: “Yes, definitely. That’s why I say stuff like, ‘Dick in your face’, because I don’t even wanna refer to female genitalia any more.” Why not? “I just feel I have bigger balls than the boys.”
To read Nick’s full interview with UK’s Guardian Weekend, visit the website here