Young Money’s Nicki Minaj opens up about keeping it real and understanding a majority of her perceived supporters are really enemies in disguise in a new BlackBook magazine cover feature.
Within the piece, Minaj uses her 2 million plus Twitter followers as a prime example of disguised critics.
“All of those people who follow me on Twitter? They aren’t my friends. Some of them are fans, but many of them are people who hate my guts and are just waiting for me to tweet something that they can put on their blogs. It’s easy to see 2 million followers and think, ‘Look at all these people who love me!’ But not all of them love me. Whether I’m smiling or not, I know that people are always waiting for me to slip up.” (BlackBook)
She describes her aim to just be herself rather than portray a fake image.
“Someone once told me, ‘People love the facade of pop stars. It’s not good to be a real person,’ so I lost sleep over it…But then I met tons of people who said, ‘I’ve became a fan of yours after watching that [My Time Now MTV] documentary.’ I’m realizing now that I’m never really going to know the rules. I just have to play. What we’re saying — what I’m saying, anyway — is that it’s OK to be weird. And maybe your weird is my normal. Who’s to say? I think it’s an attitude we both share.” (BlackBook)
Last summer, Minaj discussed dumbing down her sex appeal and staying true to herself.
“I made a conscious decision to try to tone down the sexiness,” she tells Interview magazine. “I want people–especially young girls–to know that in life, nothing is going to be based on sex appeal. You’ve got to have something else to go with that…I don’t mind being called a weirdo…There are a lot of people in hip-hop who are probably never going to get what I do. But, by just being myself, I end up touching a lot more people who might never have paid much attention to a female rapper.” (Rap-Up)
Focusing on the music, the self-proclaimed Barbie’s debut album has already sold over a million copies.
Young Money star Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday fell from Top 5 moving down five positions to No. 9 with 45,900. After 13 weeks on the chart, the self-proclaimed Barbie’s debut has sold 1,127,200 records. (SOHH Sales Wrap)
Check out some recent Nicki Minaj footage down below: