Young Money’s Nicki Minaj opened up about her dominance in hip-hop and what end results she hopes to achieve with her Barbie Movement in the May XXL Magazine.
Nicki talks about moving beyond being looked at as “just a rapper.”
“You know what, I’m a female entertainer,” Nicki clarified, “but I don’t let it offend me when people call me a female MC or female rapper, because I just look at it as a challenge. I’m about to climb over every single barrier and just put females on a different map altogether,” she continued. “So I take it as it comes. Like, I don’t think in five years people will consider me a female rapper–I’ll be, like, an entertainer. But, as of right now, I get it. I started off in the underground hip-hop circuit, so I’m a female rapper right now. But it’s just the beginning.” (XXL Magazine)
Earlier this week, the rapper opted out of an opportunity to tour this summer with pop acts Rihanna and Ke$ha.
“*sighs* how…how do i say this…hope the barbz will understand…hate letting them down. *sighs again while in deep thought*,” she wrote. ” Barbz I’m sorry 2 say I will not be going out on RiRi’s tour. I’ve decided 2 use that time 4 the completion of my album. Hope u understand. Barbz, Thx 4 understanding. And Thanks to Rihanna 4 being a sweetheart and extending this great opportunity 2 me. Support the show! Luv, HB” (Nicki Minaj’s Twitter)
The rapper recently talked about not rushing out her first solo effort.
“I’ve gotten great feedback from artists I look up to and never thought I’d work with,” she explained in an interview. “They’re already in line to be on the project. But it’s like, ‘Do I want to put out a debut album with a thousand features on it or do I wanna finally showcase Nicki?’ I’m not worried about features at all…With the album, I think it’s more important that people get accustomed to seeing a female rapper again. Before I drop an album, people need to come out and see. People don’t even know what a female rapper does. We’re so not used to seeing it. It’s nonexistent in categories. We don’t get nominated. I need to work [the people] up to accepting a female rapper again and accepting my style and all of that — then the album will come. Honestly, I’d love to put an album out this year, but I don’t believe in rushing things either.” (MTV)
In December, she said there was an intention to drop a “classic” debut.
“The [album], that’s what I’m actually getting ready to work on because I’ve been on the road for such a long time, I’m taking a complete hiatus for the next couple months, unfortunately, for all the promoters giving crazy offers,” Minaj told DJ Whoo Kid. “And I’ve been turning every one because I have to put my foot down for the next few months and deliver a classic album and I already have stuff and I can’t wait for the world to hear. All the stuff we talk about is fun and games and all that but the music is what’s most important and I don’t want all the people to be distracted by the other stuff and so I’m gonna take a break and when I come back you guys will have some very, very great music.” (Radio Planet TV)
Check out a recent Nicki Minaj UStream video down below: