Nicki Minaj is gearing up for the release of her 3rd album the Pink Print and she’s been on her promotion tip, gracing different magazines such as Billboard, GQ, V Magazine and now Complex..
In the interview, Nicki opens up about returning to her roots, her friendship with Drake, and her plans to start a family after her fifth album.
“I have to put out all six of my albums, contractually,” she said. “After the fifth, I’ll probably have my baby. I wonder if I’m going to be one of those women who balances my child with a career. I always said, ‘When I have my baby, it’s going to be all about my baby.’ I don’t want the child feeling like they don’t have all of my attention, so I always said, ‘I’m going to take a little break.’ But we’ll see.”
But before she puts down the mic, she will release her most personal album yet, The Pinkprint, on December 15. “The album is a dope balance of vulnerability and strength, of inspiration and of not being politically correct,” she said. “It’s the best of both worlds. It’s tapping into both sides.”
On “Mixtape Nicki”: “I didn’t go back to ‘Mixtape Nicki.’ That’s how [members of the media] feel, but that’s not what I’ve done. I’ve never stopped rapping; I’ve never stopped doing freestyles; I’ve never stopped doing remixes and features; I’ve never stopped raising the bar lyrically. I understand and respect people’s opinions when they hear me do certain things and say she’s ‘going back,’ but I haven’t gone back, I’ve moved forward. I’ve always been evolving.”
On comparing The Pinkprint to Jay Z’s The Blueprint: “I made reference to The Blueprint because Jay is the biggest rapper of our time. The name of the album was inspired by Jay but not the body of work. I do think that it’s going to create new rules, though, in [the way] that [The Blueprint did].”
On the “Anaconda” cover art: “The reason why I stopped taking pictures like that was because I needed to prove myself. I needed for people to take me seriously. I needed for people to respect my craft. I’ve proven that I’m an MC. I’m a writer; I’m the real deal, so if I want to take sexy pictures, I can. I’m at the level in my career and in my life now where I can do whatever the hell I want to.”
On Drake’s appearance in the “Anaconda” video: “He’s such a dope actor. After he did that we just busted out laughing and we all were cracking up. He’s such a good sport. I love that he makes fun of himself and doesn’t take himself too seriously. That’s why my friendship with him works so well. That’s why I love him to death.”
On blogs: “I’m not on blogs, so I didn’t know. People see me retweet stuff and they think I’m some Internet person but I’m not. … I don’t want any negativity. I don’t want to hear what’s on the blog. I don’t care.”
On her biggest fear: “If I’m done with my fifth album and I don’t have a child by then, no matter how much money I have, I would be disappointed, as a woman, because I feel like I was put here to be a mother. I have definitely put off the wife thing because I don’t want people in my business. I’d rather not do anything that’s going to be on paper but I definitely will be married before I have my baby. I want to make sure I do it in that order. … By the fifth album, I will have walked down the aisle and I will at least be on baby number one, possibly baby number two. [Laughs] And have $500 million.”
Also check her out on set with Lil Wayne and Drake for “Only”