Nicki Minaj Opens Up About Her New Sound, Haters and THAT Grammy Performance

April 5, 2012  |  

It’s a big week for Nicki Minaj! The new album, Roman Reloaded, dropped yesterday (the reviews aren’t all that kind though), so Nicki has been making her media rounds. She stopped by The Breakfast Club at Power 105.1 to chat it up with Angela Yee, DJ Envy and Charlamagne Tha God (who was nicer than usual) on the many female MCs coming at her head, what she would be doing if she wasn’t rapping, the haters, and that Grammy performance (yikes!). Here are the highlights:

Nicki has been lucky enough to work with a great number of popular artists in the short time that she has been out. As she put it: “Seriously, if anybody would have told me before my second album came out that I would work with Em, Jay, Kanye, Mariah Carey, Madonna, I would have said, you’re kidding me.” Her new album even has a slew of collaborations from big names in the game, but when she was asked about a person left that she would like to work with, surprisingly, it was another female: “My fans want a Beyoncé collab.”

DJ Envy and Charlamagne also asked her to touch on the fact many people (including old hip-hop heads) don’t understand her new sound, and that people think she needs to get back to her “essence.”

“I no longer have to prove myself to anybody. If I really did care that much my album wouldn’t have become so diverse. I made the album because I was just like, I don’t care. A lot of you guys don’t buy my album anyway so…this is the older people I’m talking about. But this generation, they get it and they know Nicki Minaj do work. But the older people, I’m not worried about them anymore. They’re going to get in where they fit in or get out. You don’t have to take Nicki Minaj back to nothing. Nicki Minaj knows who I am, and if I want to do what I did I could do it.”

For the first time ever, Nicki wasn’t directly asked about Lil Kim, however, she was asked about all the female MCs in general who like to call her out. Her response?

“Bless their hearts. I don’t go at nobody. I don’t say anything to them. What’s interesting is you guys always think I’m talking to somebody in particular. I’m good. I’m not writing records about any girls in the game past or present. I mean…we went at it, the best woman won, and I’m ready to move on. People make it a bigger deal than I make it. Now I’m enjoying myself, so in term of the girls, I said before, when a door opens for me, you just got another opportunity to do you. If you don’t like me, that’s fine.

And when asked about paying homage, she says that from the very beginning, despite what folks say, she did. She also touched on her difficult road to the top:

“I bowed down to everybody. I gave everybody their props. But when people start going at me…You know what I think? I think a lot of people thought I was going to crumble when people started going at me. People don’t know how I’m built. There’s nothing you can do to me that I haven’t gone through in my life 50 times worse.”

“I want it the most. A lot of girls want it, but they haven’t been tested so much along the way. When I first started making music…I had people purposely not tell me that record companies were interested in me. That’s why I’m so aggressive in my business life. I gave too many people the opportunity to do me dirty. I watch what Jay-Z did and I’m like, if he could do it I could do it.”

And she couldn’t leave that interview without talking about the wackest most talked about performance ever–her head-scratch inducing performance of “Roman Holiday” at the Grammys:

“That was my best performance ever! EVER! That was my skit for the “Roman Holiday” video. Of course, they [mainstream America] were like, ‘Why are you calling yourself Roman? Why did they even let you perform at the Grammys black chick?’ I was happy they didn’t understand it. I don’t always want to be understood. I loved my performance, shout out to Laurieann Gibson because she gets me.

Laurieann, of course, was most recently known as the choreographer for Diddy’s groups, and a creative director for Lady Gaga. She’s worked with Nicki on many occasions, and did so for the controversial performance.

“It’s just a theatrical piece and I like to do different stuff. I was happy they didn’t get it, I was proud of my performance, it was my best performance to date. I loved the production…I loved everything about it. I loved it!”

If you say so, girl! Nicki also revealed to the world what she would be doing if she wasn’t a world famous rapper/pop star, and it’s less Barbie and more…Gloria Allred.

“If I wasn’t doing rap, I would be a lawyer and I would relish the opportunity to be a housewife. I like that!”

Check out Nicki’s interview in full below. Did you cop the album yet? Thoughts on it or on her comments during the interview? Let us know below!

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  • Poetsgroove

    I can agree cause I fit in the older crowed. 30+ age group. You will not catch a Nicki Minaj song on my ipod. Is she suppose to be pop or rap?

    • Just saying!

      Pop. Do not call her a rapper, please. lol

  • Did she part with Lil Wayne and Drake? Don’t hear her talk about them anymore.

  • TheRealistKC

    Honestly, I think people are growing tired of the gimmick. Only real talent lasts, and not to say that Nicki doesn’t have real talent but she lacks authenticity in my opinion and that is what gives longevity in music careers. I think she’d be more effective if she’d stop dumbing herself down and start saying something that’s actually worthwhile listening to! 

    • Merriegirl

      I think your comment, & comments like this would have some validity if there were signs of her actually slowing down, if she wasn’t selling out shows, not selling albums, & not performing on the most notable stages. Like the Grammy’s (even though I detest her performance), the Super Bowl, & the All Star Game. Clearly people like the gimmick. This is how she chooses to package herself & it works. It seems like people are hoping that she fails because she doesn’t fit into the the expected rap mold. Maybe she’s creating her own lane.

      • Just saying!

        Honestly…I hear about her MUCH less now. …and the stuff that I do here these days is more about her looking foolish or trying to hard. Idk…

        • Merriegirl

          That’s you, your singular experiences do not represent the population. Yes there is a lot of discussion about her outfits. But I am assuming you don’t watch a lot of television. Since she has recently performed at the Grammys, the Super Bowl, & at All Star Weekend. Clearly she’s relevant.

  • memyself&i

    ugh she’s a clown! and why does she look so pastey?

  • #EpicFail

  • Msmykimoto2u

    MN yall be tripping on these comments having to be approved by moderators when that Carribean guy used to reek havoc all up and down this site with no discretion talking about black women…smh

    • MNEditor2

      That’s why some comments have to be moderated, people like that guy and more got too comfortable and now we have to keep an eye on everybody. It’s nothing personal though, we still approved your comment.

  • Msmykimoto2u

    This chick right here…Whatever Nicki….your music (especially that starships song) is trash. You sold out to the industry and became their puppet. All you need now is some black face paint and a pair of taps shoes so you bojangle your behind across a stage and continue to make whitey his money.

    • Smacks_hoes

      Everyone in the industry is a puppet so what are you talking about. She’s not the first and she won’t be the last.

  • FabienneDesrameaux

    After superbass i realized nicki isnt an artist for adults but if shes going with the “i do it for the kids” move why rap/sing pop/talk about sexual content and calling woman every degrading name but a child of God? Just keep it clean from jump 

    • Msmykimoto2u

      Thank you!

    • Totally agree with you!

  • Meh… nah not willing to invest anymore money in her besides the 3 bucks i gave to her already…meaning i have downloaded 3 dollars of her music via iTunes.