Nicki Minaj Talks Movie Role, New Album & Meek Mill in 'Nylon' Cover Story: 'I'm Not Engaged Yet'

Nicki Minaj Nylon 2016
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Nicki Minaj on the April 2016 cover of Nylon magazine.

Nicki Minaj knows what's good.

The rapper covers the latest issue of Nylon magazine, and the accompanying profile sheds light on her upcoming projects, which are all about Minaj stretching herself beyond what people know her for: The rapper stars in April's Barbershop: The Next Cut and narrates and executive produces the upcoming Freeform TV series Nicki based on her life.

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On the music front, Minaj is taking her time with her fourth album. "I needed time to hear myself think again," she says, “because where I left off with The Pinkprint was a little bit emotionally unstable. I wanted to take a moment to just live my life, enjoy my life, have fun, go out. I think that’s very important before you start writing again. It’s a spiritual experience for the people who are hearing the music, so I’m trying to be very careful of what mental space I’m in while I’m creating it. Now, I want my happiness to be reflected in the new stuff.”

She also gave a personal life update: "I’m not engaged yet,” says Minaj. “He said that my third ring would be my engagement ring. But sometimes he calls me his fiancée, and I’m always trying to stop him, like, ‘Nope! I ain’t got that third ring yet!’ We’re just taking it one step at a time. And, you know, if that happens, if I get married, then I’ll have a child, and that’ll be fun, because I can’t wait to hold my baby. When he and I were just friends, he would always say, ‘You remind me of my mother, and I like that because you’re like a dude. You’re tough like a guy and you talk like a dude.’ So I always got the sense that me being tough and bossy was a turn-on for him. And it’s important for me to keep my voice. Being in a relationship shouldn’t mean that you lose your voice. Being in a relationship should mean that you’ve met a secure-enough man to allow you, in a sense, to remain a queen.”

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