It’s been a little while since we’ve heard anything from the Queen of Rap Nicki Minaj, In fact we haven’t heard much since the Drake and Meek Mill beef broke out – in her defense, she has been on a world tour. It’s been even longer since she’s been seen on the cover of a magazine; but after celebrating her 50 million follower count on Instagram last week, it’s only right we get some official shots from a new photo shoot.
Nicki is back in front of the lens for the April issue of Nylon magazine. The last 2 years of her life has been a roller coaster, after releasing her last album, The Pinkprint in 2014, things went sideways as she ended a 10 year relationship and started up a new one with Meek Mill who was at a all time high at that moment.
In the magazine, she explains how she spent most of 2015 climbing out of an emotionally unstable mindset and how Meek Mill has helped re-build her confidence.
Now that she’s has a big screen role coming up in the summer comedy Barbershop: The Next Cut, it’s time for Nicki to get into promo mode.
Check out some of the snippets from the interview below, where she talks about taking time this year in releasing a new project
On building a friendship with Meek Mill before a relationship.
“When he and I were just friends, he would always say, ‘You remind me of my mother, and I like that because you’re like a dude. You’re tough like a guy and you talk like a dude.’ So I always got the sense that me being tough and bossy was a turn-on for him. And it’s important for me to keep my voice. Being in a relationship shouldn’t mean that you lose your voice. Being in a relationship should mean that you’ve met a secure-enough man to allow you to remain a queen.”
On why she’s in no rush to release new material.
“I needed time to hear myself think again, because where I left off with The Pinkprint was a little bit emotionally unstable. I wanted to take a moment to just live my life, enjoy my life, have fun, go out. I think that’s very important before you start writing again. It’s a spiritual experience for the people who are hearing the music, so I’m trying to be very careful of what mental space I’m in while I’m creating it. Now, I want my happiness to be reflected in the new stuff.”