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Although yet to release her sophomore set, Young Money starlet Nicki Minaj has already found new ways to keep her buzz going after a controversial Grammy Awards performance and eye-popping videos. Now, the curvy Queens native wants to be noticed for more than her good looks and zany outfits. In the cover story of the upcoming February/March issue of VIBE, Nicki gets candid about her career.

Speaking on her smash debut, Pink Friday, Nicki defiantly spoke about having to prove herself to the masses. “I felt like I had something to prove to everyone who said a female rapper could not make an album unless she was talking about her vajayjay,” Nicki said to VIBE. “And so I went above and beyond to prove that I could not talk about s*x and not talk about my genitalia and still have a successful album.” She added, “I don’t really need to prove anything to anyone else anymore.”

As the only prominent mainstream female rapper on the scene today, Nicki Minaj was asked about the difficulties she faced in the business because of her gender. “It’s not hard to get your way when it’s your way or the highway. People either follow suit or they’re not around,” said Nicki. “In the beginning, if people didn’t know me they’d probably assume I wasn’t smart or wasn’t business savvy. But once you sit and talk to me, it’s a different story.”

Nicki Minaj has definitely proven she’s a force—and a brand—to be reckoned with after making splashes in both the music and fashion world. Now, it appears she’s after the crown of one of the most powerful men in music today. In an upcoming interview with Allure magazine, Nicki said, “I had a little conversation with Jay-Z at the Victoria’s Secret fashion show. He said, ‘Congratulations on all your success.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m coming for you. I’m coming for your spot, Mr. Mogul.’”


Photo: Vibe