Young money queen Nicki Minaj opened up about the importance of her work to younger girls.
In an interview with V magazine, the Anaconda singer said:
‘I love women who take control, who set standards, and who believe in themselves enough to lead the way in terms of their career.’
The 31 year old further added;
‘When I win and when I lose, I take ownership of it, because I really am in charge of what I do.
‘There are a lot of strong male rappers, who’ve influenced me a great deal in terms of my skill, my flow, and my business-savvy side. But at the end of the day, I still want to inspire women.’
‘I always push the envelope because I’m Nicki Minaj. I have to.
‘No matter who I’m on a song with, I feel like I have to say at least one thing that no one else is willing to say.
‘Whether it’s Madonna or Britney or Beyoncé, they always tell me, “YES. Be yourself. Talk your s***.”‘
The interview is accompanied by some racy Nicki Minaj pictures which show off her curvy body.
She also says her love of fashion is understandable, given her musical career.
‘There are attitudes in fashion and in hip-hop that match each other… it’s an almost snobby type of feeling. It’s fun!
‘It’s like showing off! I think rap is a lot of showing off, and fashion is too. Versace is like, Look at me, b****. I’m here.’
She’s proud of her work.
‘You can expect a great intro piece that really walks you through where my mind has been the past two years, and there’s a strong love and relationship section that has been lacking lately on the radio,’ she explained.
‘It’s not the glossy stuff, but the nitty-gritty, the fights, the heart- breaking things that people don’t really touch on in rap.
‘And for my core, I have the hard shit. It’s the stuff that makes everyone excited and gives them the stink face in the room, and makes people bop super hard.’