Nicki Minaj has been getting slammed recently. Whether it’s for her shocking Grammys performance or the idea that she’s turning “pop” with her new music, the popular rapper is familiar with criticism. Nicki remains an original, wearing bright crazy attire, using alter egos in her songs and so much more. The “black Lady Gaga” is entirely different than Gaga. This chick keeps her private life private, which we can respect. We’ve never seen a single paparazzi photo of her and she isn’t a self-indulgent Twitter whore like Rihanna.
Because of Nicki’s privacy and fierce ‘boss lady’ persona, I didn’t know what to expect. Upon meeting Nicki, I saw a petite girl who is eager to talk to reporters for as long as possible. She’s pretty smart and very engaging. Nicki was a pleasure. She smiles and laughs often and you get the sense that while her critics may keep talking and typing, she doesn’t mind it. She’s in control and she’s going to keep it that way.
What inspired you to do most of Roman Reloaded from Roman’s point of view?
I was inspired to do the new album by feeling like, ‘Yo, I no longer care what people think!’ That’s my biggest inspiration. If you like it, you like it. If you don’t, buh-bye! I’m having fun.
What do you feel about the JLo exchange when you asked her to move over and she didn’t seem to be having it.
She didn’t seem to be having it, but she will have it! When I come through, she gon MOVE [laughs]! I actually love JLo. I love what she’s done for pop culture. I have nothing but respect for her and, ya know, we’re just joking around. I’m pretty sure I’ll have lots of fun with [American Idol judges] when I’m guest judging.
You put it out there that you’d like to be a judge on a reality show, would you maybe consider The X Factor?
I love Simon. Um, no. I actually don’t want to be a judge on anyone’s show. I just wanna go out and promote Pink Friday Roman Reloaded, it drops on Tuesday, and go on tour and see my Barbz because they’re, like, all the way in Australia and South Africa, and, ya know, Beijing! I haven’t had a moment really to spend with them. Those are my babies! And so I don’t want to sit and be a judge anywhere. A guest judge, maybe. Something like American Idol, it’s pretty historic. It’s an iconic show. I mean, it’s been around a pretty long time to make so many stars and it has integrity so I would love to do it. But as far as sitting down and doing it every week. I can’t, not right now!