Kid Cokey isn’t the only rap star gracing Complex Mag this fall. Who else would get newsstands in a fevered tizzy than the pink/purple/plum haired vixen, Nicki Minaj? In candid splendor, Toshitaka Kondo grilled the Hip-Hop heroine about type ish that you really want to know, like:
The mysterious distancing from the ass juice that was “Massive Attack.”
Complex: What are some of your biggest mistakes?
Nicki Minaj: I won’t say.
Complex: Were they recent mistakes?
Nicki Minaj: Yeah.
Complex: Recent as in “Massive Attack”?
Nicki Minaj: [Laughs.] Next question.
And the vocal inflections that drive y’all crazy…
Complex: Where do all your different voices come from?
Nicki Minaj: I have no idea. I think Wayne kind of influenced that. He has always been really carefree when he raps and I was like, “I don’t have to stay in one cadence or stay in one tone when I rap—I can just do what I want.”
Complex: But you’ve been saying in recent interviews that you might tone down the voices.
Nicki Minaj: Sometimes the shit I say is over people’s heads and I feel like I need to dumb it down a bit so people can understand it. I think if I had said a lot of raps in a particular voice, people would go, “Yo, that shit was hard”—but when you change up your voice a little bit, they can’t see past that. And they’re lookin’ at me like, “This bitch is stupid”—and I’m lookin’ at them like, “No, bitch, you’re stupid.” [Laughs.]
Look out for the issue in stores but here’s something you definitely won’t see in CVS.
And even though she’s written in blood with Baby, her ties to the 1017 camp are still valid. Liberated by Miss Info and glossed by The Neptunes, this track from The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted is simply high-class trash.
I want more like this!
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