After revealing Justin Bieber as one cover subject yesterday, Complex lets loose its Nicki Minaj cover today. The YMCMB rapper and crooner actually gets a pair of cover shots for the magazine’s special 10th anniversary issue.
Miss Info interviewed Minaj for the cover story. One choice quote reveals the Harajaku Barbie’s desire to assert herself beyond YMCMB and company.
Because my goal the whole time has been for people to see me as a stand-alone artist. I came out with Young Money, the biggest hip-hop label in the world at that time. And then it was, “How do I branch away from Lil Wayne?” One of my biggest records was with Drake, “Moment 4 Life.” Even with the Super Bowl, it’s Madonna’s moment. I’m just sharing in that moment. It’s not Nicki Minaj’s moment. Nicki Minaj at the Grammys—that’s my moment. I’ve just been constantly on this quest to stand alone.
Read the rest of the interview here and peep the covers along with more photos in the gallery. The April/May 2012 issue of Complex, for all you analog cats, hits newsstands April 3rd, the same day Nicki’s sophomore album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, is in stores.
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