Nicki Minaj who is still promoting her latest album ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’ recently sat down with The Guardian while in the UK to do an interview. She discussed her father, how her name came about, fans, cursing+more. Check out the interview below.
On her father & his addictions:
“He could be. Especially when he was drinking. It’s weird, because when he was on crack, he was more peaceful, and when he would drink, he became loud and violent. Each drug has its own spirit. You could see it on the person and feel it in the room.”
On being Afraid of her Father as a child:
“Of course. I was very, very afraid that he would snap. I wasn’t afraid for myself but for my mother. He didn’t do anything to me or my brother that made us feel we had to fear him. We moved so many times when I was a kid. We were always running away from him. Whenever we got to a new house, he would find us.”
On her mother & father still being together:
“He’s still with my mother. He went to rehab and cleaned himself up. Eventually they started going to church a lot, and he got saved and started changing his life. He’s away from drugs now. He doesn’t instil fear in people any more.”
On how her rap name came about:
“Somebody changed my name. One of the first production deals I signed, the guy wanted my name to be Minaj and I fought him tooth and nail. But he convinced me. I’ve always hated it.”
On feeling pressured to change her image due to her young fanbase:
“Sometimes it feels like I have to change, but I can’t. What rapper changes themselves for children? Why do people ask me to lose swear words? Do people ask Eminem to lose swear words? Do they ask Lil Wayne to lose swear words? I did an interview the other day and when I saw it back I’m like, why the hell did she make the interview all about some goddamned kids? It was crazy. Five-year-old children shouldn’t be the subject of a Nicki Minaj interview.”
On being determined to “out-curse” male rappers:
“Yes, definitely. That’s why I say stuff like, ‘Dick in your face’, because I don’t even wanna refer to female genitalia any more.” Why not? “I just feel I have bigger balls than the boys.”
Check out the rest of the interview Here.