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