Nicki Minaj Does MTV Doc, MAC Lipstick, Wendy Williams
Nicki Minaj Does MTV Doc, MAC Lipstick, Wendy Williams

On the eve of the release of her highly-anticipated "Pink Friday" debut album (Nov. 22), MTV has announced the premiere of an hour-long documentary about Nicki Minaj's road to success titled "My Time Now." The clip will air on MTV on Sunday, Nov. 28, at 10pm ET/PT.

Video: Nicki Minaj doc trailer

MTV cameras have followed Nicki over a period of three months to chronicle her professional and personal life, including her MTV Awards performance, going back to her native Trinidad and putting the finishing touches on "Pink Friday." The doc also features Nicki opening up about her past, working with some of music's greatest artists and the highs and lows of fame.

In related news, Nicki Minaj had a nice write-up in the Wall Street Journal this morning. Here's a line from it in which Nicki talks about not wanting to be pegged as a New York emcee:

Hip hop to me is so much more than New York and L.A., or one place or one borough or one city," said the rapper, who was born in Trinidad and grew up in Jamaica, Queens. "I mean, I love being from New York-I'm from Queens, and that's where I represent. But to me, hip-hop culture is a state of mind.

Everyone has inspired me," she said. "When I was little [and] I was watching videos, I didn't know where Monie Love was from; or where Slick Rick was from. I didn't know Salt-N-Pepa were from Queens until later in my life. I don't compare myself to any other New York female emcees.

Read the rest of the story here.

Nicki also appeared on the "Wendy Williams Show" this week, and spoke about not being a gimmick and being in love with money.

When I first started rapping I felt like I had to be someone. Like everyone was telling me, 'Oh be this way. You're from Queens, be hard.' That wasn't really me and that wasn't who I wanted to be. When I changed the people who were around me, I just started being free. You know, I've always been animated; I've always been crazy. I studied theater.
I'm in love with my music; I'm in love with Pink Friday. I'm married to Benjamin Franklin. That's all I care about." Hm … "That's what I tell my Barbz and my Ken Barbz. Don't chase these boys and all that stuff, go to school, go to college, don't depend on anybody. Don't be having babies. Do your thing.

Watch the clip of her interview and performance below:

Video: Nicki Minaj on the Wendy Williams show

Video: Nicki Minaj performs "Right Thru Me"

And last but not least, Nicki will premiere her limited edition MAC Nicki Minaj Pink Friday 4 Lipstick on Nov. 26, and will be available online for the next four consecutive Fridays.

The Harajuku Barbie has a lot on her plate. Good for her.

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