Nicki Minaj Reveals Her Album Will Likely Drop This Year + Opens Up About Not Working w/ Certain Female Rappers Due To Overly Explicit Lyrics: I’m Not Like That, I’m More Of A Goofy Girl
Hip-hop super star Nicki Minaj is continuously living out her dreams!
The “Super Freaky Girl” artist was recently interviewed by one of her idols Jada Pinkett-Smith and got candid about life as of late. Nicki Minaj, 39, spoke about getting back into her sex symbol character after giving birth, and revealed her album will likely be expedited following the success of her reigning #1 single “SFG”. Minaj also opened up about being misunderstood in her artistry, stating she turned down quite a few collaborations from fellow female rappers who’s lyrics were a tad too raunchy for her.
After Pinkett-Smith asked about the gratification of her latest single “SFG” debuting #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Minaj stated:
“It feels so, so, so, so good because everything happened so fast, like the pregnancy and COVID. I wasn’t sure how I was even feeling about having to put out an album this year, but that song happening and people liking it, that made me happy,”
She continued, revealing that the her 5th studio album may come sooner than later. She stated:
“People have gone through so much recently that they want to have fun. It’ll probably expedite the album to come out this year.”
Minaj’s last critically acclaimed album Queen was released in 2018 prior to giving birth. The 10 time grammy nominated artist welcomed a son she calls Papa Bear with husband Kenneth Petty, 44, in September of 2021. During the interview, Minaj opened up about re-channeling her sex appeal and tapping back into Nicki the rapper vs Onika (Nicki’s birth name is Onika Tanya Miraj) the mother.
After Pinkett-Smith stated:
“With this single that I heard too, I was like, “Wow, okay. So Nicki is now married, she’s now a mother,” but you are not afraid to still be Nicki Minaj. And I want to tell you, because that can be challenging for us as women: Sometimes when we become mothers, people are like, “Oh, now that’s all you are.” So when I saw you come out the box at number one, I was like, “Okay, she figured out how to approach her art.” It’s like, “No, no, no. This is the place. I am still a woman.” Talk to me a little bit about being able to protect that space for yourself, to be the artist you want to be, to be the woman you want to be.”
“The truth is, the video [SFG] is about to come out and I haven’t even shown it to my husband. Normally I share everything with him….I’ve known him for a long time, so because of that we are really good friends and I never feel fear to share anything with him. But this video, I haven’t shared it. And it’s because—oh god, how do I say this— I’m big on respect and loyalty, but at the same time, I do feel that for the last couple of years, I have been leaning more towards wife and mom. And I feel like either you’re going to do it or not. So I had this conversation with myself and I had it with him as well, but it’s like, I don’t know how to be a watered-down Nicki Minaj. I just can’t do it!”
The decorated artist continued, stating that she was able to get back in tune by remembering to have fun and be goofy with her music, even when speaking sexually. She stated:
“When this song came along and because I didn’t approach it in a sexual way, I approached it in a fun way, it’s like I tapped back into who I was. People might not get this from me, but I was never trying to be sexy, I always was laughing. I think that I can look sexy, but I don’t think of myself as a person that is—you know how some women walk into the room and they’re just like, “Ooh.” I’m not like that…. after a few years I had forgotten who I was because I was only reading who people were saying I was. And then it dawned on me like, “Wait a minute. When you were saying your sexually explicit lyrics before, Onika [Minaj was born Onika Tanya Maraj], you weren’t trying to be serious. You weren’t trying to turn people on. You were trying to be funny and goofy and stupid. Like, just tap back into you.” You know? And so that’s how I approached “Super Freaky Girl.””
Minaj also spoke about not working with certain female artists’ who she feels are just in a different space mentally than she is. The rap vet made headlines recently after calling out the Grammy’s for placing “SFG” in the pop category without moving fellow rapper Latto’s “Big Energy”.
Minaj and Latto engaged in a heated social media exchange subsequent, with Nicki accusing the breakout rapper of being upset she turned down multiple feature opportunities.
Speaking on not working with certain artists, Minaj stated:
“A lot of people were sending me songs, Jada, a lot of female rappers, especially, and I didn’t want to be mean, but every other word was “p*ssy” and “f*cking” and da da da, and I wasn’t there. I don’t think I can ever fully be there,”
“But also, I don’t think the new female rappers really understand who I am. A lot of the girls that came before me, they really were those sexual beings, and I was so inspired by them. But I’m not like that, I’m more the goofy girl.”
Minaj also gives a word of advice to industry newcomers, explaining the importance of handling business and saving money. You can read the full interview in the link below.
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