Last night Nicki Minaj sat down with Elliott Wilson of RapRadar.com for her #CRWN interview, an in-depth monthly series with hip hop’s greatest. Queen Barbz dropped her long awaited third album, The Pinkprint, this week and became the first female artist to grace the #CRWN stage. The crowd went insane as Ms. Minaj stepped out, rapping her lyrics and turning the room into a mini concert. After the lively beginning, the interview was among her most personal yet—and here’s what we learned.
On making The Pinkprint and Wayne:
–The Pinkprint took Nicki about a year to create. In contrast, her other albums took about 3-6 months.
-The song “Anaconda” wasn’t planned. She thought the track was going to be more urban but it came out pop.
–The Pinkprint is about showing people what’s important,”It should be about skill.”
-The most personal track on the album is “All Things Go”. She loves the song but hates it because it forces her to relive her cousin’s death.
-The first line of “Only”—”I never f*ked Wayne, I never f*ked Drake”— came from her not knowing what to say on the track.
-She was in shock about Wayne publicly airing out his differences with Cash Money. She believes Baby and Wayne will work it out.
On her family:
-She has a tight relationship with her mother and she strongly believes in prayer. She doesn’t care about fame, only about inspiring her fans.
-What her mom thinks of “Bed of Lies”: “It must be very hard for a certain person to hear.” -She cried for weeks because she couldn’t make it to her brother’s graduation.
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On her relationship and motherhood:
-Nicki confirmed her recent breakup with Safaree. “I was so madly in love with Safaree.” She was heartbroken because she lost her best friend.
-She’s a workaholic and wonders when she’ll be a mommy. At her age and where she’s at career wise, it’s something that she thinks about it and wants.
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