By Maurice Bobb
Nicki Minaj once stood out as the most lyrically potent MC on Kanye West’s “Monster,” from 2010’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and now, after successfully crossing over and ruling the pop charts, the YMCMB empress, according to an interview she did with Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg, is getting back to her rap roots, where she’s a “mutha f-ckin’ monster!”
“I am not your typical rapper,” Nicki said on the show. “I’m choosing to get back to my essence and just feed the core hip-hop fans. Rapping helps me stay on my grind. I’m very competitive when it comes to wordplay, my writing, my flow. I studied for so many years how to make my flow sound to the point where it feels like you are watching art. That’s why I started doing all of those crazy voices, that I don’t do anymore, I wanted to play with my craft. And that’s why ‘Monster’ became such a big deal, it’s like ‘Whoa! Different personalities!’ Who has the balls to do that? Nobody! Because everybody is afraid. Everybody was afraid to be fun, to be playful, to be a character. I studied acting, this is what I do.”
Exactly 359 days after the Pink Friday rapper refused to take the stage in light of Rosenberg’s diss of her “Starships” single at the 2012 Summer Jam, Minaj returned to hash out her differences with radio personality. “I never found you funny. I never found you entertaining. I never found you smart. I just found you annoying,” Minaj told Rosenberg. “To me you don’t have enough of a resumé to make those comments.”
Additionally, Nicki regretted not taking the stage, given that it was her home town and that it was an unjust punishment for fans. For his part, Rosenberg formally apologized for his comments, telling Minaj that it wasn’t personal and that “Starships” had even been played at his wedding.
“I am sorry that things went as left as they did,” Rosenberg said, recounting the time he met Minaj and told her she could be the best female MC of all time. “By sheer proxy she [Minaj] made me more poppin’. I was bummed out that it took the life that it took.” To close out the 36-minute face-to-face, Minaj touched on her “American Idol” gig, her new film “The Other Woman” and her upcoming third studio LP.
By the end of the 36-minute interview, peace was made and the conversation took a few turns with Nicki touching on “American Idol,” her new film with Cameron Diaz called “The Other Woman” and her forthcoming third LP. “I’ve just been getting back to that place to where I was right before my first album, which is kill, kill kill, kill, kill, kill everything,” Nicki said.