MEEK MILL THINKS THAT NICKI MINAJ PLANS ON KILLING HIM, NICKI TELLS BILLBOARD MAGAZINE
Five years ago, Nicki Minaj instructed us to “watch the queen conquer” and, if front covers are any indication, she has since assumed her throne.
The Only rapper is the cover star for the year-end issue ofBillboard and — true to her no-holds-barred style — opened up to the magazine about her relationship with rapper Meek Mill, her views on politicians and what we can look forward to as far as the next phase in her career. Here’s what you need to know.
1. SHE’S OFFICIALLY LIVING WITH MEEK MILL (AND HE’S CONVINCED SHE’S TRYING TO KILL HIM).
“I watch Investigation Discovery all day. All day. Like, I know everything about law and crime-solving. Everybody that comes to my house, they’re like: ‘Do you not take it off this channel?’ Meek thinks that I’m planning on killing him. We live together now, and every time he wakes up, it’s on. Every time he goes to sleep, it’s on.”
2. SHE AND MEEK ARE SUPER PRIVATE ABOUT THEIR WORK.
“Meek doesn’t let me hear his music. Right now, he’s about to put out a mixtape, and I haven’t heard it. We laugh about this all the time. Just yesterday I was like, ‘Oh, am I going to get to come in and hear the secret music or not?’ And he was like, ‘Not yet. It’s not done.’ But I respect it because I’m an artist. I’m like that too.”
3. SHE HAS SOME THOUGHTS ABOUT CLINTON…
I support her as a woman. Am I convinced that she should be the next president? I still want to be open-minded about everyone. Obviously, I identify with her struggles as a woman. I identify with the fact that when she’s in that room and there are nothing but men there — there’s sometimes something in her that must feel intimidated. But I think that she uses that and turns it into a strength. Because that’s what I’ve always done. And so I love her for sticking it out. She has gone through horrifying things, even within her marriage. She has been brave and weathered the storm. And continued being a boss. That’s something that every woman should feel inspired by, no matter if you’re voting for her or not.
…AND TRUMP (NOTE: THE INTERVIEW TOOK PLACE PRIOR TO HIS DEC. 7 CALL TO BAN MUSLIMS’ ENTRY INTO THE U.S.)
“There are points he has made that may not have been so horrible if his approach wasn’t so childish. But in terms of entertainment — I think he’s hilarious. I wish they could just film him running for president. That’s the ultimate reality show.”
4. SHE WAS ESPECIALLY MOVED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA’S HISTORIC FEDERAL PRISON VISIT BACK IN JULY.
“I do want to speak about something specific, which just melted my heart. I thought it was so important when he went to prisons and spoke to people who got 20 and 30 and 40 and 50 years for drugs. There are women who are raped, people who are killed and (offenders) don’t even serve 20 years. I was blown away, watching the footage of him speaking to the prisoners. They never felt like anyone in the White House cared about them. I loved that he made them people again. Because we all make mistakes. I think about how many men may have made a mistake to feed their families and then had to pay for it forever.”
5. WE CAN EXPECT A RETURN OF MIXTAPE NICKI.
“I want to touch a couple of beats that I wasn’t on. I could have bodied a lot of the records that came out in the last year. But the main thing is, I have to set an example for female rappers. I’m at the top of that food chain, and it’s important to lead by example. And because I came into the game doing mixtapes, I want to make sure women do not forget the importance of that grind, that walk up to the top. You can’t get there with a song. Because once that song is no longer hot, you’re no longer hot. It’s important that you are bigger than your music. Some fans are going to fuck with me for the rest of my life because they know where I came from. Fans know my struggle. How hungry I was. That I was not settling, I was not giving up. I was on everybody’s beat. I was ruthless.”