Nicki Minaj Talks “The Pink Print,” Loving Drake, Wanting Babies & More
YMCMB first lady Nicki Minaj is about a month away from the release of her latest album The Pink Print and she recently took her well-endowed talents over to Complex Magazine while making her media rounds.
Gracing the cover of the Complex December issue, Nicki also sat down for an in-depth chat with the magazine where she opened up about everything from feeling guilty over her relationship with her family, loving Drake to death, wanting to have babies, her album and more.
Check out a few interview excerpts below:
via Complex Magazine
On feeling guilty over sacrificing family time in light of her success:
When you’re working and you’re busy and you’re successful, no matter what, something suffers, whether it’s your relationship with your mother, your relationship with your whole family, not being able to go to your brother’s graduation…. Certain things suffer and take the back burner, not because they’re on the back burner in your heart but because the world just moves so quickly. A lot of people, when they’re chasing their dreams, they have to leave people they love. A lot of artists feel that guilt but they don’t express it.
I live in L.A., so when I wake up in the morning, I can’t just run across the street and hug my mother, hug my little brother, kiss my little brother or older brother. I have to get on a six-hour flight to see them, and then, even when I go to New York, I’m lucky if I can see them for a couple hours. I go to New York all the time and I’m so ashamed to say that I could be out there for a few days and not even be able to see my family because of my schedule.
On similarities she sees between herself right now and “Blueprint” -era Jay Z:
I can’t. I have no idea what he was doing before The Blueprint dropped. It’s not that literal. People keep asking me about Jay’s The Blueprint and they think I’m doing something like that. 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].
Nicki also spoke on intending for the “Anaconda” song and video to empower curvy women, Drake’s reaction to getting a lap dance from her in the video and her greatest fear. Hit the flip to read what else she had to say.
On Drake’s demeanor in the “Anaconda” video & why she “loves him to death:”
It’s so cute. 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 what she wanted to accomplish with “Anaconda:”
I wanted to create a song that embraced curvy women. I wanted to be sexual but be playful with it. And I wanted it to be so melodic that even if you don’t understand English you could still go along with the melody and you would have no idea about all the raunchy sh*t I’m saying—I get a kick out of that. It was simple to write. I just created the melody and then I let the words happen. I started laughing when I said, “Boy toy named Troy.” [Laughs.] That whole song, I was just being dumb. It was a joke.
My biggest thing was seeing how my girlfriends Sherika and Thembi were going to react. If they don’t like a song, they’ll be like, “No.” As soon as they walked in the studio, we were laughing and having fun. I thought, if we’re doing this, then everybody is going to have fun with it.
On her biggest fear:
That I’ll become so consumed with work that I’ll forget to live my personal life to the fullest. 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. I’ve always felt like that since I was young; my mother always put that in my head. 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.
Is all this Nicki building your anticipation for “The Pink Print?” You can read the full interview and check out all of the pictures from the spread HERE.