“The world’s biggest female rap star” (a.k.a., Nicki Minaj) is the cover lady for the New York Times Magazine‘s latest culture issue. Visually, Minaj gives off a Andy Warhol pop-art vibe, which is essentially a throwback to her look a few years ago, but she also has some interesting things to say about black women, and why Miley Cyrus needs to pull her sh*t together.
At a point in the interview, Minaj got irritated with the reporter for asking if she plays into the drama surrounding the men in her life (Birdman vs. Lil Wayne, and Drake vs. Meek). She obviously took this as a sexist question (it could’ve just been a troll attempt though, and not necessarily a bad question to ask, not because Minaj is a woman but because conflict can get awkward sometimes).
Anyway, Minaj put the woman in check, and it’s pretty hilarious.
Peep that excerpt and more below:
On The NYT Reporter’s ‘Drama’ Question: “That’s the typical thing that women do. What did you putting me down right there do for you? Women blame women for things that have nothing to do with them. I really want to know why — as a matter of fact, I don’t. Can we move on, do you have anything else to ask? To put down a woman for something that men do, as if they’re children and I’m responsible, has nothing to do with you asking stupid questions, because you know that’s not just a stupid question. That’s a premeditated thing you just did.”
On Addressing Miley Cyrus at VMA’s: “The fact that you feel upset about me speaking on something that affects black women makes me feel like you have some big balls. You’re in videos with black men, and you’re bringing out black women on your stages, but you don’t want to know how black women feel about something that’s so important? Come on, you can’t want the good without the bad. If you want to enjoy our culture and our lifestyle, bond with us, dance with us, have fun with us, twerk with us, rap with us, then you should also want to know what affects us, what is bothering us, what we feel is unfair to us. You shouldn’t not want to know that.”
On confidence in her looks during her childhood: “Hell, no!” She paused. “Now, I want to take steps to become more aware of who I am, what I like or dislike about my body — why is that?” she said. She mentioned how insecure she felt on Instagram, “where everyone is freaking drop-dead gorgeous.”
On women and money: “From early on in my life, I looked at a woman not having her money as the biggest curse,’’ and then added, ‘‘Now that I’m an adult, I realize that women stay whether a man’s rich or poor. It’s just a weakness.”
On men and work: “Since I was 15, I came out of one relationship and went into another relationship. In my relationships, I’ve been told, ‘You don’t have to work that much.’ But I can’t stop working, because it’s bigger than work to me. It’s having a purpose outside any man.”
That last part must be about Safaree since they were together for 12 years, and maybe a reminder for Meek.
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