Neither public feuds with megastars nor vicious rumors about her sex life have slowed Nicki Minaj’s relentless drive to rule hip-hop. A new crop of Top 40 rivals with similar assets -- hello, Iggy! -- are only hardening her resolve: “You should always be competing, always be trying to show that you’re the best,” she tells Billboard.
"I'm on 15 to 25 conference calls eve...
"I'm on 15 to 25 conference calls every few days strategizing with my team. I think a lot of artists sit back and have it done for them," Minaj says. "Sometimes as women in the industry -- if you're sexy or like doing sexy things -- some people subconsciously negate your brain. They think you're stupid."
"Once I did Idol, a lot of people wou...
"Once I did Idol, a lot of people would come up to me and say, 'Oh, you're smarter than I thought,' " she says. "What does that mean?!"
"I was just a little kid in Southside...
"I was just a little kid in Southside Jamaica, Queens, hoping one day I would have my own perfume," Minaj tells Billboard of those days when fame was a very distant possibility. "And now I have three."
Minaj assures fans (and detractors) t...
Minaj assures fans (and detractors) that her upcoming record, The Pinkprint, will be more than a victory lap. "It's corny when rappers feel like they've made it and they don't have to prove themselves anymore. You should always be competing. You should always be trying to show that you're the best. My album is going to be important to hip-hop."