Another Day, Another Guarded Interview From Nicki Minaj

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Will Nicki Minaj ever give us the interview we’re all waiting for?

The world’s most successful female rapper covers Billboard‘s latest issue and while she’s a little more open here than her recent banal GQ feature, no new ground is covered. As long as the photos are pretty, right?

“You should always be competing. You should always be trying to show that you’re the best,” says Nick when speaking on her artistry. It would be phenomenal if she realized being “the best” is multifaceted and not just based on talent alone, and the reason she’s not an even bigger star is because she’s sadly become so guarded and insular.

Artists like Nicki and Kanye West don’t give real interviews anymore. Have you noticed? They’re two of the most interesting stars of our time yet they come to the table with prepared responses and in ‘Ye’s case, barely pay attention to what’s being posed to them. Opening up is never easy, especially if it’s to an audience of millions, but when you stop doing so you lose the real fans who loved you for being real in the first place.

Journalists need to start (respectfully) asking tougher questions and not be afraid of upsetting the artist, while the artist needs to be a little more fearless and honest with their answers. Something for both to keep working toward. Until then, here’s another cute photo. ‘Cause that’s what’s really important, right?

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GQ Deems Nicki Minaj A “Cheeky Genius” [Yawn]

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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.

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Holy Ass! Nicki Minaj Gets Physical In “Anaconda” Video

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When Nicki Minaj dropped the cover art for “Anaconda,” it promised nothing more than a whole lotta ass for the song’s video.

Aside from an awkward lap dance with Drake and an annoying tirade against “skinny bitches in the club,” the song is fun and the visuals feature Nicki and a select group of curvy dancers twerking in locations as varied as a jungle house and fitness room. It’s the 2014 ode to Sir Mix-A-Lot‘s “Baby Got Back” (sadly with a lot of buns and not much anaconda).