Nicki Minaj is not trying to loose her crown to anyone else. She reigns supreme as the Ultimate Rap Queen on the July Cover of Elle Magazine USA. Photographed by the King of Fashion and all things creative Karl Lagerfeld, Nicki is definitely back from her four-year hiatus with some new music and a new outlook in general.
Inside her interview, Nicki says “I feel like true icons shift music, uplift music, switch music, have the balls to take a chance,” she says, her voice like sandpaper. “The things that people do come so easy to me. I could do it in my sleep. But I’m such a perfectionist that when something is too easy to me, I actually feel guilty. It would’ve been so easy to listen to all the trap music out there right now and say, ‘Let me just copy this,’” she goes on. “But I wouldn’t have been able to live with myself.”
On her Making New Music- “It has to be ’80s,” she told J. Reid from the start. “It has to be boom BAP. I don’t want to do no trap shit ’cause everybody’s doing that shit.” She wrote a few bars—“Let’s be real, why you bitches wanna look like me/Wanna be in demand, get booked like me/Wanna run up in the lab and cook like me,” what ultimately became the chorus to “Barbie Tingz,” the other single she’ll be dropping in two days—and told Juice the kind of beats she wanted. She slaps the table in front of us: boom BAP-BAP, boom BAP.
On Being Single – “It’s the first time in my life I’ve ever been single.”
Nicki is now in her midthirties, and from the age of 15 until just last fall, she has always had a serious boyfriend. “Six years, twelve years, three, four,” she says. Over time, this came to have consequences she didn’t anticipate.
“I remember feeling like I could do anything at one time in my life,” she says, “and somewhere along the line, I just started second guessing myself, for whatever reason.” That all ended when she started learning how to sleep alone. “As soon as I realized that I could actually live and breathe, and eat and sleep, and walk and talk without having a boyfriend, something clicked in me.”
“Becoming single,” she goes on, “was one of the things that made me feel strong and powerful. The fact that I am a young woman who doesn’t need a man for money. I don’t need a man for a job. I’ve never had to fuck for beats. I’ve never had to fuck for a record deal. I don’t have those pressures. I get up when I want, shop when I want.”
Nicki Minaj’s Interview with Elle USA gets even more Jucier, she talks about “Cardi”, more of her return and why she is never afraid to bare it all in the most risky looks.
Head straight to the source and read about her interview HERE.
Credits: ELLE USA
Interview by DEVIN GORDON
Styled by KATIE MOSSMAN
Photographed by KARL LAGERFELD