Nicki Minaj’s FULL VIBE Spread for Feb/March 2012

On reinventing herself: ”Before I started working on Roman Reloaded, I was thinking about that. And I realized it’s all such a natural transition. I am running with new looks now, but I didn’t plan on it. I’m always switching it up, so when I finally finished the tours and I came home and I relaxed, I just started feeling a certain way. And depending on my mood is when I change my hair up. So the mood that I’m in right now, it caused me to change my hair and change the style a bit too. And it just happens to coincide with the new album. But it wasn’t something that we said, ‘Hey, new album coming out we have to reinvent ourselves,’ because everyday is a reinvention.”

On if it’s hard this time around to be a perfectionist this time around: ”Actually, I’m writing 10 times quicker that I wrote the first album because I’m a lot more confident in who I am. We’ve just been trying to pace things so that that album comes out at the right time. The music is pretty much done, but we may hold the album back a bit so that things are done perfectly as opposed to being rushed, in terms of promotion.”

On what made her more confident: “I don’t know, probably a collection of different things. I couldn’t really sum it up to one thing. I just know that I’m having a lot more fun that time.”

On if the success of Pink Friday validated her: “I think I had the most growth outside Pink Friday. My features really gave me the most confidence because i used the features to play around a lot. Once I’m having fun, the lyrics are the simplest thing to come up with.”

On if Drake have more of a target on his back: “All I know is that Drake is extremely talented and he’s very smart. I don’t think people realize how intelligent he is, so some things are… It’s fun. Some things are hip-hop and that’s what it is. if he does have a target on his back it’s because he’s extremely successful and he makes music people can relate to.”

On if she’s intimidating: “I would say that people are cautious of that way they come to me. I’m just about my business. So when I meet people, it doesn’t matter how big of a celebrity they are, I maintain who I am. I maintain respect for myself. So I very rarely come across anyone who disrespects me because I respect myself. I don’t go around acting in a way that people would ever get it twisted with me. If that means they’re intimidated by me, then so be it. I’d rather people be intimidated than to be too comfortable.”

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