GQ has a new feature with Nicki Minaj in preparation for her upcoming The Pinkprint album.
The article, quite frankly, is a mess. Taffy Brodesser-Akner interviews Nicki prior to her Fashion Rocks performance and while Nicki obviously isn’t in the mood to give lengthy answers, the writer is clearly overwhelmed by the star. It’s a mainstream magazine so we sadly can’t expect authentic reportage of an artist birthed in hip-hop but Brodesser-Akner’s condescending approach (“Now we’re getting down to it. Now we’re going to talk about butts” after constantly prodding Nicki about the “Anaconda” video) and her silly insinuation Jennifer Lopez is angry at Minaj’s “booty” popularity (at her “younger” and “bouncier twerk”) is lazy, with the reader taking nothing new away from the exclusive piece.
Brodesser-Akner frames her article around the fact Nicki keeps dozing off during their chat, not using it as an opportunity to re-craft her questions and speak to her about mental exhaustion, handling the pressure of an ever-changing rap world as its reigning queen and preparing for an album release that has little to no buzz. Hopefully we’ll get better insight into Nicki’s current state of mind as more stories roll out.