Vibe.com: NICKI ON HER SOUND
I want to be a balanced artist so its not gimmicky. What people don’t
know is that before I was doing that craziness I was doing me, I was
just doing regular sounding rap that anyone could hear and identify
with. But once I started doing all that weird shit—im not mad at it
because it got everyone’s attention, but I can sometimes forget that I
come from a real authentic place in hip-hop. Im not someone who got
signed to a record label who said ‘hey maybe you should do weird
voices.’ No. this is all years of me learning me and my style, and
decide to do something different that would get everyone’s attention.
But I always knew I wanted to come back to my original sound, and the
album is going to be a plethora of different sounds. Sometimes people
close to me they have their preferences, their favorite Nicki thing, and
I have to stand up sometimes and block out the noise.
NICKI ON FRIENDSHIP
Your friends when you don’t speak to them for a long time they do what
the rest of the world does: they research you on the internet, and then
they ask you questions that make me cringe. You would think your friends
know what is a lie and what’s not. But the thing is, they don’t know
that person—they know you. They don’t know Nicki Minaj, that’s why
they’re questioning things. It’s hurtful sometimes to hear people I
consider my friends ask me certain things. My mother would never! Never.
People that really know you shouldn’t have to ask if you flew to the
moon last night and came back high because they know that’s not you.
HIGH SCHOOL STYLE POINTS
When I first went in there I had baggy clothes but then I met this girl
who was older than me by one year, and winded up being my best friend
for ten years. And she was dressing like a girly girl and I looked at
her and I was like [gasp!]. She was feminine, and wearing makeup. I had
never worn makeup and I remember one day after school, and she was like
come to my house! And no lie, she lived like five minutes away from me.
so I went over and she made my face up and I looked in the mirror and I
thought that I looked sooooo beautiful [cackles!]. I was like ‘Oh my
God!’ I did not want to take that makeup off! I never wanted to wash my
face. She put makeup on me and after that I was going to the pharmacy
buying makeup stuff. It wasn’t like MAC it was like going to the
pharmacy and getting the $5.99 makeup thing and putting it on your face.
I had a dream that I should go with Wayne and that’s what I did. I’ve
never regretted it. Now…I mean I’m just a business savvy person by
nature and I weigh out all my decisions. The average person hears
$50,000 and jumps. I hear $50,000 and, you know, I need an explanation
with it. I need details, and I’ll probably be like that about $50
million. Most artists at my stage in the game don’t have a business
manager. I have a business manager. I’m talking about and looking over
my finances on a regular basis. I’m not doing this to be flashy I’m
doing this to secure wealth. Not cash. They’re two different things.
I’ve made calculated decisions and people don’t always understand my
process but they always get it later...I’m wrong every now and then but
I’m usually right when it comes to things like that.
ON RECORDING WITH MARIAH CAREY
That was insane! I mean let alone I’m a huge fan and she’s a huge icon.
No album out! Female. Rapper. Doesn’t happen. That does not happen. I
don’t care how far back you look. I dare any hip-hop historian to tell
me when that has ever happened. It doesn’t. And I still don’t know why
DISS HER, YOU’LL NEVER GET A REPLY FOR IT
My diss record is my success rate, and how much I can charge to be
somewhere for 30 minutes. That’s my diss record. The fact that I can pay
your mortgage for a year in 30 minutes. That’s my diss record. That
diss record makes everyone go ooooooh word nicki went in! That’s all I
NOT YOUR AVERAGE CHICK
I am way too much for a man. I’m like a boy myself, so all my male
friends they like me because I’m like them, and they cant say dumb shit
they can say to another regular girl, because I don’t believe it. I
don’t buy it. I talk that shit myself just like them. I talk money shit
just like them, nothing they can say impresses me. Mainly I think I just
call their bluff, and I kind of intimidate them. But I love them
nevertheless! They do have something going for themselves.
If I say I only stop for pedestrian and a real, real bad lesbian—did
that say and then I go home and have sex with that lesbian? I just
embrace all people of all lifestyles and I don’t tell them they are bad
people. And I say girls are beautiful and girls are sexy and they need
to be told that, and if they don’t have anyone to tell them that and
mean it, I’m gonna tell them that. But I feel like people always wanna
define me and I don’t wanna be defined.