I guess the headline should really read…
Nicki Minaj, and Nicki Minaj’s breasts, cover RollingStone
Here’s the updated HQ version + all-new excerpts from the cover story.
“Mad genius, manic diva” — that’s what the sub-headline reads for Nicki… you’re probably scrolling up to the cover to actually see that for the first time. But anyway, that’s an intriguing way to lead in the cover story. We’ll see what direction RS goes in.
“One of my goals was to give people a glimpse into my personal life, because it’s something I’ve kept very private,” she tells us. By now, fans are well aware that the rapper’s 11-year relationship with Safaree Samuels has come to an end, but Minaj admits she toned down the wild voices and costumes on the new LP to focus her songwriting on what was happening in her personal life, which was extremely painful. “I had to learn to do something as simple as sleep alone,” she says. “I struggled with ‘Do I express these feelings?’ And I decided there’s no reason for me to hide. I’m a vulnerable woman, and I’m proud of that.”
Minaj’s first love was an older guy from Queens she dated while attending the prestigious Manhattan performing-arts high school LaGuardia. When she discovered she was pregnant, “I thought I was going to die,” she admits. “I was a teenager. It was the hardest thing I’d ever gone through.” She ended up having an abortion, a decision she says has “haunted me all my life,” though it was the right choice for her at the time. “It’d be contradictory if I said I wasn’t pro-choice. I wasn’t ready. I didn’t have anything to offer a child.” She first rapped about the experience on a mixtape track called “Autobiography” she says she “didn’t expect anyone to hear.” Now the world is listening to every word she says very carefully: “Millions of people are gonna hear it. And you gotta watch everything you say — people find an issue with every fucking thing.”
ICYMI: Nicki Minaj ‘The Pinkprint’ (Short Film) | Nicki Minaj for Roberto Cavalli (Gallery)
The Pinkprint promo continues — this time in a new way with this 16 minute short film that goes behind the scenes with Minaj. You can peep music videos for “The Crying Game”, “I Lied”, and “Grand Piano” (dir. Taylor Green and Francesco Carrozzini) and get a sense of the real-life heartbreak that makes its way into the album. Nicki’s been boasting its authenticity and short films like this back it up.
ICYMI: Nicki Minaj Interview + “Bed of Lies” f/ Skylar Grey on Fallon
Today is long-awaited for Nicki Minaj fans as The Pinkprint is officially in stores now. Seemingly every A-lister is featured as you can see and now hear below.
Also below: Nicki & Skylar’s latest live TV performance of “Bed of Lies” — this one on Ellen.
Whoa, hey there Nicki.
After the controversial lyric video has now passed, Nicki links with the crew for the official flick. Watch above, with The Pinkprint in stores on the 15th.
Nicki was all over the place on SNL — her musical performances ranged three songs (“Bed of Lies” with Skylar Grey and a blend of “Over” and “All Things Go”), she played Beyonce in a skit, appeared on the Weekend Update as Kim Kardashian, appeared in another skit… aaaand showed a lot of skin in the process. Was she the host, or James Franco?
Whatever the case, it was surely entertaining and if you missed it tonight, peruse the videos below.
Nicki Minaj, first appearing above for GQ’s 2014 Hottest Women in Culture List, will also be dropping The Pinkprint come December 9th. This morning, she revealed the tracklist with A-list pop stars like Beyonce and Ariana Grande along with the likes of Jeremih and Meek Mill. This adds to featured guests like Drake, Lil Wayne, & Chris Brown and Skylar Grey for what will easily be an album that the casual listener will be curious to hear.
Here’s a twerking Vine preview of the last track “Win Again”. Yup, this is 2014.
The dual side of Complex’s new Dec/Jan issue (after yesterday’s Wale/Jerry Seinfeld combo) is none other than Nicki Minaj. A few of the photos from her new digital cover story are up above as their interview dives deep into what themes are on the upcoming Pink Print, the different, versatile sides of her as an artist, some Drake talk, and more.
ICYMI: Nicki Minaj “Over” (BTS Photos) | “Bed of Lies” f/ Skylar Grey