Daily Archives: October 21, 2014
The countdown for Nicki Minaj‘s The Pink Print has officially begun. On Wednesday (May 21), the reigning rap queen released the album’s first single, “Pills n Potions,” and revealed part of her inspiration for the upcoming LP. “I think everybody knows how obsessed I am with Jay Z. He’s always been my favorite rapper — him and Wayne,” Nicki started to explain when she sat down with Big Boy’s Neighborhood on Power 106 in Los Angeles earlier today. “He did such a great job of creating this Blueprint brand for male rappers, I felt. And I studied a lot of his blueprint, just in terms of becoming a mogul,” Nicki added. Jay released his first The Blueprint album in 2001, a 13-track LP considered a classic by many rap fans. He then followed up with The Blueprint 2 a year later and The Blueprint 3 in 2009; the series of albums have become synonymous with the MC’s brand and help him become the businessman he is today. With The Pink Print, Nicki hopes to set her own standard in hip-hop. “I wanted to do that, I wanted to be like Jay Z. I felt like with what I’m doing, I want female rappers to be able to pattern themselves with what I’ve done one day,” she said. “And I think the album is soooo classic, it’s gonna feel so good and it will probably be one that female rappers will look to as a ‘pink print’ for years to come.” Female MCs will have to wait a little while before they’re able to get the full inspiration that Minaj is offering though. The Pink Print will be released on 24th November.
With her third album The PinkPrint due next month, Nicki Minaj unleashes her sexy style in the November issue of GQ . In the shoot by photographer Mark Seliger, the “cheeky genius” shows off her assets in a white angular bra and blue skirt while holding blue and pink poodles on a leash.
In between cat naps at Fashion Rocks rehearsals last month, the magazine caught up with the hip -hop mogul to discuss her early jobs in customer service and waitressing at Red Lobster (she was fired from the latter after she followed a couple who had taken her pen into the parking lot and then gave them the bird). She is also surprised by all the fuss over her “Anaconda” video, which has been watched over 250 million times on You Tube. “I just see the video as being a normal video,” said Nicki. But while the racy clip showcases her famous booty, the topic was off limits. The interviewer notes that she was warned to not ask about her ass (Nicki finds it degrading).
Read highlights from the interview below.
On her customer service job : “I like dealing with people, but I don’t really like a lot of bullshit, so maybe customer service wasn’t the best job for me.”
On her natural look:
“I always thought that by the time I put out a third album, I would want to come back to natural hair and natural makeup. I thought, I will shock the world again and just be more toned down. I thought that would be more shocking than to keep on doing exactly what they had already seen.”
On the video for “Anaconda”:
“I think the video is about what girls do. Girls love being with other girls, and when you go back to us being younger, we would have slumber parties and we’d be dancing with our friends.”
On the “Anaconda” cover art, which spawned a million memes:
“I just said I’ll put it out, never thought in a billion years that people would be putting [other] people’s heads on it. It’s the craziest shit.”