It’s a big week for Nicki Minaj! The new album, Roman Reloaded, dropped this week (the reviews aren’t all that kind though). She stopped by The Breakfast Club at Power 105.1 to chat it up with Angela Yee, DJ Envy and Charlamagne Tha God on why she hates “Massive Attack,”, what she would be doing if she wasn’t rapping, the haters, how she decided to sign w/Young Money from a dream, the Grammy performance directed by LaurieAnn Gibson, & what’s up with the rock on her ring finger? Here are some of the highlights: Nicki has been lucky enough to work with a great number of popular artists in the short time that she has been out. As she put it: “Seriously, if anybody would have told me before my second album came out that I would work with Em, Jay, Kanye, Mariah Carey, Madonna, I would have said, you’re kidding me.” Her new album even has a slew of collaborations from big names in the game, but when she was asked about a person left that she would like to work with, surprisingly, it was another female: “My fans want a Beyoncé collab.”
DJ Envy and Charlamagne also asked her to touch on the fact many people (including old hip-hop heads) don’t understand her new sound, and that people think she needs to get back to her “essence.” “I no longer have to prove myself to anybody. If I really did care that much my album wouldn’t have become so diverse. I made the album because I was just like, I don’t care. A lot of you guys don’t buy my album anyway so…this is the older people I’m talking about. But this generation, they get it and they know Nicki Minaj do work. But the older people, I’m not worried about them anymore. They’re going to get in where they fit in or get out. You don’t have to take Nicki Minaj back to nothing. Nicki Minaj knows who I am, and if I want to do what I did I could do it.” And when asked about paying homage, she says that from the very beginning, despite what folks say, she did. She also touched on her difficult road to the top: “I bowed down to everybody. I gave everybody their props. But when people start going at me…You know what I think? I think a lot of people thought I was going to crumble when people started going at me. People don’t know how I’m built. There’s nothing you can do to me that I haven’t gone through in my life 50 times worse.” “I want it the most. A lot of girls want it, but they haven’t been tested so much along the way.
When I first started making music…I had people purposely not tell me that record companies were interested in me. That’s why I’m so aggressive in my business life. I gave too many people the opportunity to do me dirty. I watch what Jay-Z did and I’m like, if he could do it I could do it.” And she couldn’t leave that interview without talking about the most talked about performance ever, –her head-scratch inducing performance of “Roman Holiday” at the Grammys: “That was my best performance ever! EVER! That was my skit for the “Roman Holiday” video. Of course, they [mainstream America] were like, ‘Why are you calling yourself Roman? Why did they even let you perform at the Grammys black chick?’ I was happy they didn’t understand it. I don’t always want to be understood. I loved my performance, shout out to Laurieann Gibson because she gets me. Laurieann, of course, was most recently known as the choreographer for Diddy’s groups, and a creative director for Lady Gaga. She’s worked with Nicki on many occasions, and did so for the controversial performance. “It’s just a theatrical piece and I like to do different stuff. I was happy they didn’t get it, I was proud of my performance, it was my best performance to date. I loved the production…I loved everything about it. I loved it!” If I wasn’t doing rap, I would be a lawyer and I would relish the opportunity to be a housewife. I like that!”