Gracing the cover of Billboard magazine’s ‘Year in Music’ issue, Nicki Minaj gave an eye-opening interview that broached a number of subjects – her possibly-imminent return to doing mixtapes, Donald Trump’s run for President, and her apparently-not-engagement to the Drake-defeated Meek Mill.
And although she didn’t fall asleep in this interview, it’s still an excellent read. Here’s a round-up of some of the key points from the cover feature, which you view in full here.
She finds Donald Trump funny
Although the online version of the article is at pains to point out that the interview was “conducted prior to Trump’s Dec. 7 comments about halting immigration by Muslims into the United States“, Minaj’s views on the Republican hopeful almost sound like an endorsement. Almost.
“There are points he has made that may not have been so horrible if his approach wasn’t so childish. But in terms of entertainment – I think he’s hilarious. I wish they could just film him running for president. That’s the ultimate reality show.”
She’s still keen on being a mixtape artist
“I’ll definitely drop a mixtape. I have to,” she declared. “I want to touch a couple of beats that I wasn’t on. I could have bodied a lot of the records that came out in the last year.” Ouch.
The Minajian diva streak is alive and well
During an interview that is “as forthright and provocative [as] ever, no one is ejected from the room.” But, as the feature intriguingly mentions, there was a slight problem with the accompanying photoshoot: “Minaj clashed with Billboard’s photo team over a series of issues, some of which could not be resolved to her satisfaction.” Feisty.
There’s a strange exchange about her views on certain artists
Asked if she’d heard Missy Elliott’s new record, ‘WTF’, Minaj replied: “Yeah – I think it’s great. I think she’s great.” Presumably encouraged by this answer, the interviewer then presses forth with a question about any other artists that she’s currently listening to, as well as a request for her opinion on “certain artists.”
“I’d rather not, because then I may not have heard of them, and I don’t want to be rude. So.”
She’s having a big say in the autobiographical TV adaptation of her childhood
The upcoming ABC sitcom about Minaj’s childhood is receiving lots of notes from the rapper. “I am maybe too involved,” she revealed. “Two days ago I was in casting. I’m going back tomorrow. I found one girl who I’m obsessed with who might play me, and someone who could rival her. So I’ve been coaching them both. I do a beat, let them rap. I do little dances with them. It has been magical… [but] I want it to have nuances. My first day, I said to the casting director:’This will not be a clichéd black show.’”
She’s obsessed with the Investigation Discovery channel
“I watch it all day. All day. Like, I know everything about law and crime-solving. Everybody that comes to my house, they’re like: ‘Do you not take it off this channel?’ Meek thinks that I’m planning on killing him. We live together now, and every time he wakes up, it’s on. Every time he goes to sleep, it’s on.”
The verdict on Hilary Clinton
Is Nicki a fan? “I support her as a woman. Am I convinced that she should be the next president? I still want to be open-minded about everyone. Obviously, I identify with her struggles as a woman. I identify with the fact that when she’s in that room and there are nothing but men there – there’s sometimes something in her that must feel intimidated. But I think that she uses that and turns it into a strength, because that’s what I’ve always done. And so I love her for sticking it out. She has gone through horrifying things, even within her marriage. She has been brave and weathered the storm. And continued being a boss. That’s something that every woman should feel inspired by, no matter if you’re voting for her or not.”
That’s a better endorsement than she gave for Donald “I think he’s hilarious” Trump, if anything.
She gave an insight into her relationship with Meek Mill
“I don’t know what’s going to happen with he and I. I just know right now we are really, really enjoying each other’s company. So, shout out to everybody in the world that’s just trying to find love or be happy. Everybody should have someone to hold at night. It really, really changes your energy. I find that my energy is very different afterward – if I’m in the bed with him, just hugging him all day. It’s just, like, something about love. You transfer it. It’s infectious.”