Q. American Idol shoots in Los Angeles. How has it been living on the West Coast?
A. “I love it! I just feel like you get lost in L.A. For the most part, when I invite my friends and family down here they feel like it’s a vacation place. I like to drive and look at the Pacific Coast Highway. It’s relaxing. The people are less agitated out here. They’re calmer. Also, when I lived in New York, I wasn’t really exploring fashion as much. I wasn’t as colorful. I feel so inspired by everything out here that it makes me try new things. I’m excited to try different designers. I’m never leaving. I’m an L.A. girl.”
Q. You’re so fearless with your style. Was there anything you weren’t allowed to wear as a teenager?
A. “I remember that I wanted to wear gold bamboo earrings, and they were super big. My mother would say, ‘You can’t wear those!’ So every day before I walked in the door, I had to remember to take my earrings off and put them in my book bag.”
Q. What advice would you give your high school self?
A. “Go to school on time. I remember at one point I had an English class, I think I had it for zero period or first period. I would miss it every day. But English was one of my favorite subjects, so it hurt me that I was missing it, but I just did not have the discipline. I wish I would have paid attention a little bit more because it’s fun to talk about those types of things.”
Q. How has your experience as a judge on American Idol been?
A. “I’m very, very happy that I ultimately made the decision to do it. I’m excited because every time I do American Idol, I go on Twitter and see what my fans say. It’s fun; it’s like a bonding experience, and I can’t complain about it. I love the people that work on the show, I really do.”
Q. You’re a social media queen. What advice do you have for social media users?
A. “I would recommend artists not to read blogs. Maintain your privacy if you can. Stay in your zone, do what you know you do best, and the great comments will always find their way to you.”
Q. What were your favorite music videos to watch as a teenager?
A. “‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun’ by Cyndi Lauper. I loved ‘Creep’ and ‘Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg’ by TLC, and ‘Whatta Man’ by Salt-N-Pepa.”
Q. What was your first big purchase?
A. “My first car that I purchased was a BMW. It was beautiful! It was a 3 Series so it fit me perfectly. 323i. It was white and looked brand spanking new, but it was, like, two years old with hardly any miles on it. I got in a car accident, so I had my little settlement money come in, and instead of me going shopping and blowing it, I wanted to have something that I would be able to see, so I took it as a down payment on my car. No one could believe that I had that car. My mother, my uncles, and my mother’s friends and everybody were like, ‘Girl, you’re going to lose that car, you’re not going to be able to keep it up.’ It was my first car, and it was my prized possession. So amazing!”
Nicki Minaj Catches Up with Ellen
Nicki Minaj and Sophia Grace & Rosie Reunite!
The baddest rapper in the business checks in with Out to chat about her colossal new collaboration with DJ David Guetta, the possibility of writing the theme song for Ricki Lake’s new talk show, and how she felt about Eminem using a homophobic slur on her track “Roman’s Revenge.”
Last October, Out was one of the first magazines to try and contain the ferociousness of Nicki Minaj within its pages. Since then, she’s released her hugely successful debut album, Pink Friday, which broke a mess of records including the most consecutive weeks in the Top 10 by a female rapper. Nicki has also had the most appearances at one time by a female rapper on the Billboard Hot 100. In the last six months she’s also gone on tour with Lil’ Wayne, debuted a slew of videos, including her most recent for “Super Bass,” and guest starred on tracks by Britney Spears and, most recently, megawatt DJ David Guetta.
We caught up with Nicki to find out more about her collaboration with Guetta on the soon-to-be biggest jam of the summer, “Where Them Girls At,” which also features Flo Rida, her interest in writing a theme song for Ricki Lake’s new talk show, and how she felt about the homophobic slur Enimem unleashed on her track “Roman’s Revenge.”
This month we chat with Nicki Minaj, rap artist and style-maker. Nicki knows how female rappers electrify fans, after all she used to be a fan herself. “I know I was always excited by whatever female was hot at the time,” Nicki says.
Today, millions of music fans are now saying the same thing about Nicki Minaj, part comic, and all-the-way lyrical assassin. She has everyone talking about her fiery verse which has catapulted the Queens, New York entertainer to the forefront of the music industry.
What function do you like most about your smart phone?
I’m probably addicted to my e-mail. its like i run my own business from the comfort of my finger tips Whether I’m approving an offer or downloading attachments of dope outfits or hair options. E-mail on my phone is a must.
What is your favorite app?
I think the TWITTER app is the most fun. Staying in touch with the Barbz is a must!
Do you use your phone for writing music or lyrics?
Occasionally I’ll send an e-mail or text to myself to remind me of some new lyrics that came to mind while I was out and about.
How much do you use your phone?
I use my phone 24/7! It should be attached to the hip! I don’t like talking on the phone but the other functions have become things I can’t live without!
Bitchielife.com has an exclusive interview up with famed choreographer LaurieAnn Gibson best known for her work with Diddy as well as Lady Gaga. But she is also the woman responsible behind the dance moves for Nicki Minaj. Here is what she had to say about Nicki:
What was it like working with Nicki Minaj?
When I first met Nicki, I was so blown away by her fearlessness. The first time I saw something like that was with Gaga so I was so excited because I began to understand that the process of Gaga kind of perfected my gift. It was like iron sharpening iron. So when I saw Nicki, I was clear about how much talent and ability she had, how big her dreams were, how much of a performer and a world changer she could be with her music and shows. We connected the first time working with Puffy on the BET Awards and it was a great process. Don’t get it twisted, she will stress me out in the ninth inning.
Even after their short-lived Twitter marriage, Nicki Minaj and Drake remain great friends. Drizzy was a surprise guest at the New Orleans stop of the Lil Wayne-headlined I Am Still Music Tour, and MTV News caught up with Young Money’s Bonnie & Clyde backstage.
Rather than tend to our questions, Drizzy and Nicki decided to interview each other. Drake started off slow with his questioning, asking Nicki about her “peak moment” onstage.
“You want to know what, Drizzy? I really love busting out from underneath the floor doing ‘Roman’s Revenge,’ ” Nicki told MTV News — er, Drake. “When I say, ‘I’ll kick that ho, punt!’ When I say, ‘Bitch, if you ain’t sh—in’ then get off the pot,’ we really connect.”
The “Best I Ever Had” rapper did his journalistic due diligence with his follow-up question, asking Nicki when we could expect new music, while adding that he thought it would be “really exciting.”
“Well, you know, Drizzy, I have been keeping everything sort of stored inside of me,” Nicki said. “So I’m just in complete tour mode. Yeah, I’ve been getting a lot of requests to do some features, but if I can’t give myself wholeheartedly, I always pass. I definitely never want to be just doing too many features that they start getting watered-down and I’m not giving my whole, true self.”
Nicki said she would focus on recording new material after she’s finished with Britney Spears’ upcoming Femme Fatale tour. One exception the “Moment 4 Life” MC will make to her limited recording is if any of her YMCMB crew come calling.
Drake then asked Nicki if she would be on his forthcoming sophomore album, Take Care, to which she playfully said she would pencil him in.
It was then Nicki’s turn as interviewer, and her first question for Drake was what it was like to be back with his Young Money family after touring the U.K. earlier this year. “I truly enjoy these moments,” Drake answered. “Especially being in New Orleans. Actually, New Orleans was the first place that I ever really realized that my music was getting out there. I remember walking outside the W [hotel], and there was a guy out there selling mixtapes and he had So Far Gone. I couldn’t believe it. I wasn’t even mad. You usually think you’ll be mad when there’s a bootlegger, but I was super excited.”
Nicki then asked Drake about the beard-and-curly-hair look he’s been rocking lately, and he revealed that it was for a film role. In January, it was reported that the former “Degrassi: The Next Generation” star was joining the cast of “Arbitrage,” which is set to star Susan Sarandon and Al Pacino. However, Drake relayed that he has “decided to work on my album instead of doing that particular film.”
Seems like Take Care may be arriving sooner than later.
What did you think of Drake and Nicki’s interviewing skills? Let us know in the comments!