By Alvin Blanco
You can add the New York Times to the list of media outlets charmed by Nicki Minaj.
The New York Times Magazine dressed up the Queens femcee in Yves Saint Laurent (along with a few G’s worth of accessories) and conducted an interview covering topics like her ambitions to be the next Oprah, that rift with Lil Kim and her favorite shade of lipstick, of course.
Minaj has never been one to shy away from comparisons; she herself pointed out that Pink Friday was the best selling debut album from a female MC since Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. It was actually the Times that brought up an Oprah parallel when considering her new album, lipstick line with MAC and MTV’s “My Time Now” documentary are only the start of Minaj’s ascent.
“Yes! I hope so,” said Minaj. “I love me some Oprah. It’s the beginning stage but I never imagined in a million years that this would be happening. It’s quite surreal.”
The first lady of Young Money went on to say that she was pleased with the quality of Pink Friday and what it meant for her career.
“It’s amazing,” says Minaj when asked if she was happy with her debut LP. “Honestly, sometimes I get tired of some of the songs because they have been with me for so long but overall I never imagined that it would be something that I would cherish so much and be so proud of. Obviously, I’ve done mixtapes before but having the album out feels like I am finally a real artist, like I have the stamp of approval as an artist from myself.”
Minaj went on to reveal that she was caught off guard when asked about her late grandmother in her “My Time Now” documentary. But she also was glad that she shared such moments with her fans, including how she works in the studio.
“Well, it’s hard to be a female rapper but it’s more tough being credited with the work that you put in as a female rapper because people assume that you’re not the brains behind the operation or that you’re not the one doing writing these lyrics,” said Minaj. “So letting people come into my world and see that I am doing these things is good for all girls.”
But one girl — actually woman — who could probably care less at this point about Nicky Minaj, especially her Roman Zolanski personality, is Lil’ Kim.
“The thing that I want to promote is that if you see someone doing their thing, give them their props,” answered Minaj when asked if she felt the Queen Bee’s jabs made a harder road for her and female rappers in general. “We all have it hard and face the same challenges as female emcees. Show some mutual love and respect for each other so that it doesn’t get nasty. And she can be a nasty character.”
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