Nicki has been the topic of discussion with the release of Bey’s “Flawelss” remix, her “Anaconda” cover art, and the release of Bronx rapper Remy Ma. And as the the Queens native gears up to release her upcoming album The Pink Print, the new FADER cover girl gets a little candied in the Magazines Fall issue.
Check out highlights from her interview below as she opens up about the grueling demands of the entertainment industry, being a role model for you black women, the hardships of being a public figure and more.
On Being a Role Model to Young Black Women
…Every time I do a business venture or something that isn’t the norm for a female rapper, I pat myself on the back. It’s important that corporate America can see a young black woman being able to sell things outside of music…A female rapper! With HSN!
On The Industry Killing People Before Their Time
I was making a point to say that the business kills so many people and we don’t even realize it. I can only imagine how many people in this business have died because they may not have wanted to… to be embarrassed publicly. We care so much about what the world thinks that we don’t live, really.
On Her Comment About Writing Her Own Lyrics in her BET Acceptance Speech
My point of saying what I said was that women need to have a perspective. If we’re out here saying that we’re so confident, and we’re so this and so that, but we don’t even trust ourselves to write down our own thoughts and spit it on a beat? It just doesn’t add up.
On Leaving Her Family:
Her younger brother was just a child when she signed with Young Money and left her mom’s home. ‘One day he asked my mother, ‘Do you ever think there’ll come a time we all live in the same house again, and Onika will be back and she’ll have her room, and I’ll have my room?’” Nicki says. “And it just broke my heart.” Before a tear can muck up any of her makeup, Samuels wordlessly pops up from the couch to nab her a tissue. As soon as the curtain of Nicki’s private life slides open, revealing the sacrifices she’s made for her career, it’s pulled back again. ‘I don’t want to get emotional,’ she says, ‘I just miss them. Every time I talk about them, I get emotional.’”
Get the full cover story at The Fader.