Although Nicki Minaj may have been slaying the charts over the past six years and having cleared lanes that seem paved for no one but herself, the Moment For Life rapper insists [quote] “The business kills so many, and we don’t eve realize it,” [unquote].
The seemingly tough female rapper tells The Fader magazine (in their upcoming August/September 2014 Fall issue) a few things about her own. About how she misses her family on a regular basis and how she gets emotional every time she talks about them.
Minaj asserts: “I can only imagine how many people in the business have died because they may not have wanted to … be embarrassed publicly. We care so much about what the world thinks that we don’t live, really.”
While the world thought she was taking shots at random, silenced, and up and coming other female rappers when, on her recent appearance at the BET Awards she made the statement: “…It made me realize, I don’t care what anybody gotta say, I’ma do me. I’ma do me,” she was really talking about her very own personal situation in which she claims was a near-death experience that (to avoid being ‘on TMZ”) she didn’t want to alert medics.
Although she didn’t divulge what, in particular, happened to her, the life-threatening situation was very much an epiphany for Nicki.
Since then (her statement at the late June BET Awards), as we all know, Minaj has done exactly that: “do [me].”
In late July, she dropped the controversial cover art for her single Anaconda (leaked August 2) and just yesterday (August 4), released the video for the single whose covert art looks almost primal…jungle-esque…quite befitting of where Anaconda’s are said to be found. However (as per the video shot); instead [of an actual Anaconda], a silhouette of a man lurking can be seen.
Nicki had this to say about the (unseen) video after previewing it for herself:
Wow. I just saw the Anaconda Video. This will be every man's favorite video for a long time to come. Lmfaoooooooooooo #AnacondaOnITunes
— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) August 5, 2014
Alongside the controversy, and all the controversial, Nicki Minaj also collaborated with pop stars Jessie J and Ariana Grande on a song called “Bang Bang,” in which, the king of mean Simon Cowell publicly endorsed as being one of the best pop songs he’s heard all year.
Additionally (in the same week all this has come out), Minaj dropped a collabo with Beyonce for the remix of her song “Flawless” –and she had this to say about collaborating with Beyonce: “When I was putting out mixtapes I would always remix her stuff. But I figured that eventually we would do something together. I’m not gonna lie, recently I thought it would never happen, cause I felt like if she was gonna ask me-she woulda been asked me. I think the stars just aligned the right way. We’re just in the right places in our career that it makes sense now. With the release of her last album, her records are kinda geared to what I do now, so it is what it is,” said Nicki during an interview.
In the same interview, Nicki was asked to address to the recent release of her former friend and female rapper Remy Ma who is expected to be the first MC in all of six years willing to step up to the plate of Nicki Minaj’s place [in the rap game]. When asked if she would consider the possibility of doing a collaboration with Remy Nicki replied: “Yeah I told you guys before Remy even came home, I would love too. I was a fan of hers before she went to jail and nothing has changed. I’ve always felt like she was at the top of her game in relation to all the MCs in the game I always felt like she was sitting near the top. So we’ll see… I’m not closing that off, I feel like we’ll get the right thing and do it for the people.”
Listen to the full interview here: