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Nicki Minaj is entering an interesting phase in her career as she’s long since transformed herself from rap artist to a global brand. The New York TimesT Magazine profiled the Queens superstar for its seven-part “The Greats” series, with Minaj’s issue going to print this weekend.

From the Times:

“Sonically, I know what the album’s about to sound like. I know what this album is gonna mean to my fans. This album is everything in my life coming full circle and me being truly, genuinely happy. It feels almost like a celebration. The last album, The Pink Print, was almost like my diary, closing the chapter on certain things and not knowing if I was happy or sad about beginning new chapters. I was really writing about feeling unsure. Now, I can tell you guys what happened for the last two years of my life. I know who I am. I am getting Nicki Minaj figured out with this album and I’m loving her.”

Read the rest of Nicki Minaj’s New York Times‘ profile by clicking here. The full cover can be seen below. This issue hits stands Oct. 22.

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