*New York Times writer/columnist Horatio Silva recently got with hip hops new it girl, Nicki Minaj, for a photo shoot/feature/Q&A.
They chopped up on a number of things including her new hit CD, “Pink Friday,” the MAC lipstick, her revealing MTV documentary and of course her head hater/nemesis, Lil Kim, who Nicki refers to as a “nasty character.”
Also scroll down to watch the video for a behind the scenes peek at Miss Minaj and another quickie interview. Enjoy.
NY Times: You have the new CD, a new MTV documentary and a new lipstick for MAC. If you’re not careful, you’re going to end up turning into Oprah and ruling the world.
Nicki Minaj: Yes! I hope so. I love me some Oprah. It’s the beginning stage but I never imagined in a million years that this would be happening. It’s quite surreal.
NY Times: Are you happy with your first CD?
Nicki Minaj: Of course! It’s amazing. Honestly, sometimes I get tired of some of the songs because they have been with me for so long but overall I never imagined that it would be something that I would cherish so much and be so proud of. Obviously, I’ve done mix tapes before but having the album out feels like I am finally a real artist, like I have the stamp of approval as an artist from myself.
NY Times: Part of your weaponry has always been your makeup. It’s fitting that you now have your own lipstick.
Nicki Minaj: Isn’t it cool? Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m inspired by color and everyone knows I love pink. Actually, when I was first doing shoots people would always ask me to change my color of lipstick. Normally people wear different lipsticks, but pink is my thing and to change it would be like me changing my name when I walk out of the door.
NY Times: In your documentary, “My Time Now,” there are parts of it when you cry when you’re talking about your grandmother’s passing. How hard is it to open up like that?
Nicki Minaj: It’s very hard and to be honest, he kind of caught me off guard when he asked me about my grandmother. I wasn’t prepared to answer that question. But that’s when you get the raw emotion and if being open about the things that have happened in my life inspires someone then it’s cool with me. I’ve done my part.
NY Times: It would be pretty remiss not to mention your spat with Lil’ Kim. When she badmouths you and others doesn’t that just make it even harder for female rappers?
Nicki Minaj: It does, it does. But the thing that I want to promote is that if you see someone doing their thing, give them their props. We all have it hard and face the same challenges as female emcees. Show some mutual love and respect for each other so that it doesn’t get nasty. And she can be a nasty character.
Read more of the Q&A here.