After dropping an “OOOUUU” remix, Nicki Minaj got everyone all excited earlier this month when she Tweeted a fruit-themed track list she said was for an upcoming album. Womp-womp, it turned out to be just a joke from our Sagittarian prankster, but then she popped up today on the November cover for Marie Claire magazine, which mentioned not just her upcoming TV series, but also an album.
Check out some highlights from the article and see more video and images below.
On women’s goals: “Nowadays, I feel like [young women] see marrying into money. I think that’s a big thing now. I don’t want that to be a woman’s goal in life. I want your goal in life to be to become an entrepreneur, a rich woman, a career-driven woman.” [Really? We kind of see the opposite.]
On rappers she emulates: “I can look at someone’s career and just pinpoint the dos and the don’ts, and the one person I’ve done that with for my entire career was Jay Z. He did such a great job being an authentic street guy and a businessman, and I was like, ‘Why aren’t there women doing that, taking the success from rap and channeling it into their empire?’ I felt like anything he could do, I could do.” [Jay is also a Sag; not surprising she can relate to his way of doing things.]
On double standards for white vs. black women: “When Kim Kardashian’s naked picture came out, [Sharon Osbourne] praised it, and my fans attacked her for being such a hypocrite. So it wasn’t trashy and raunchy when a white woman did it, but it was when a black woman did it? It’s quite pathetic and sad, but that is my reality, and I’ve gotten accustomed to just shutting it down.”
On impact of violence in black communities: “We tend to not remember the black women who are mourning these men and who are thinking, ‘Oh, my God, what am I going to tell my child now about where his father is,’ and the struggle it is for black women to then move on after they lose their husband or their boyfriend. The strong women in these inner cities often go unnoticed, no one really ever puts a hand out to them.”
On working with Beyoncé: “Every time Bey and I do something together, I see how women are inspired, and it has nothing to do with how we look. It has to do with how we are owning who we are and telling other women you should be the boss of your own career and the brains behind your life or your decisions or your art. I just love that feeling.”
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