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Nicki Minaj Talks 'Queen,' Meek Mill and How Being Single Makes Her 'Feel Strong and Powerful'
“I feel like true icons shift music, uplift music, switch music, have the balls to take a chance,” Minaj says, noting that she worked for about 30-36 hours in the studio perfecting Queen. “I’m such a perfectionist that when something is too easy to me, I actually feel guilty. It would’ve been so easy to listen to all the trap music out there right now and say, ‘Let me just copy this,’ but I wouldn’t have been able to live with myself.”
She also discusses how her personal life began to consume more spotlight than her artistry. “I went through a moment where I got to know myself again, and then I went through a moment where I got to know myself as a rapper again," Minaj says.
Minaj also addresses what life has been like after her split with rapper Meek Mill. “I remember feeling like I could do anything at one time in my life,” she says, “And somewhere along the line, I just started second guessing myself, for whatever reason...as soon as I realized that I could actually live and breathe, and eat and sleep, and walk and talk without having a boyfriend, something clicked in me.”
“Becoming single,” she continues, “Was one of the things that made me feel strong and powerful. The fact that I am a young woman who doesn’t need a man for money. I don’t need a man for a job. I’ve never had to fuck for beats. I’ve never had to fuck for a record deal. I don’t have those pressures. I get up when I want, shop when I want.”
Later, talk turns to Mill's legal troubles. “I wouldn’t wish that on anybody," Minaj says of his situation. “But I’m also not gonna bad-mouth a judge who…because anything I say stays on the record.”