Cash money/Young Money rapper, Nicki Minaj is featured in one of The New York Times Magazine’s October 22 great issues.
The American rapper looked barely recognisable (in a good way) in the magazine’s promo shoots.
In an exclusive interview with the New York Times, Nicki spoke about her fourth coming studio album, although doesn’t have a release date as of yet.
“Sonically, I know what the album’s about to sound like,” she said of the unreleased project.
“I know what this album is gonna mean to my fans. This album is everything in my life coming full circle and me being truly, genuinely happy. It feels almost like a celebration.”
Speaking about her her last album, The Pink Print, Nicki said:
“The last album (was) almost like my diary, closing the chapter on certain things and not knowing if I was happy or sad about beginning new chapters… Now, I can tell you guys what happened for the last two years of my life. I know who I am. I am getting Nicki Minaj figured out with this album and I’m loving her.”
When asked what qualities she thinks a good rapper should possess, she said:
“Do you sound intelligent? Does your flow switch up? Are you in command of the beat?”
“I listen for things like that. Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Foxy Brown – those are the three I keep in my head when I’m writing because they’ve influenced me so much, I feel like I’m a part of all of them.” she added.