Nicki Minaj recently sat down with New York Times Magazine reporter Vanessa Grigoriadis for her piece entitled, 'The Passion of Nicki Minaj.' Whether or not you think that title is at least vaguely condescending is for you to judge, but in the mind of Minaj, she was treated like a lesser person and potentially as outlandish rather than passionate. She took offense to some of the questions she was asked and left the interview early - and I think she was justified.
Before she left, though, she was able to take a passionate stance on a few important issues that she cares about. Nicki Minaj is still speaking her mind and standing up for black women everywhere by making sure that her voice is heard; in turn, being the voice for the voiceless and clarifying her "Miley, what's good?" statement on racial appropriation that got thoroughly meme-ified after the MTV Video Music Awards.
Continue reading for some of the most important quotes from the interview...
Here's what she had to say about Miley wanting to take on all of the positive parts of black culture and appropriate them without listening or paying attention to the negative parts
“The fact that you feel upset about me speaking on something that affects black women makes me feel like you have some big balls. You’re in videos with black men, and you’re bringing out black women on your stages, but you don’t want to know how black women feel about something that’s so important? Come on, you can’t want the good without the bad. If you want to enjoy our culture and our lifestyle, bond with us, dance with us, have fun with us, twerk with us, rap with us, then you should also want to know what affects us, what is bothering us, what we feel is unfair to us. You shouldn’t not want to know that.”
She also spoke on the lack of respect for black women in pop culture... and perhaps, on a larger scale, in the world in general
“I’m not always confident. Just tired. Black women influence pop culture so much but are rarely rewarded for it."
She talked about celebrities on Instagram and how they bother her
“I get that people put filters on their pictures — I definitely use filters — but I didn’t know people retouched,” she says, excitedly talking about being in a nightclub the other day, taking pictures with a friend, and how the friend “cleaned all the sweat off our face” before she posted the photo. “We’re in a club! We can have a moist, dewy-looking face.”
“People are posting pictures of working out, and then there’s a change in their body” most likely from plastic surgery, “and they say it’s because they were working out! Ah-hahahaha.” Then she turns serious again. ‘‘Back in the day, in hip-hop, the thick girl was glorified. Now the rappers are dating skinny white women. So it’s almost like, ‘Wait a minute, who’s going to tell the thick black girls that they’re sexy and fly, too?’”
When asked about the beef between Meek Mill and Drake it started a line of questions that clearly annoyed Nicki
“They’re men, grown-ass men,” she said. “It’s between them.” How does it make you feel, I ask? “I hate it,” she said. “It doesn’t make me feel good. You don’t ever want to choose sides between people you love. It’s ridiculous. I just want it to be over.”
And this is where it got kind of intense. This is how she reacted when she was asked if she feeds off the drama
“That’s the typical thing that women do. What did you putting me down right there do for you? Women blame women for things that have nothing to do with them. I really want to know why — as a matter of fact, I don’t. Can we move on, do you have anything else to ask? To put down a woman for something that men do, as if they’re children and I’m responsible, has nothing to do with you asking stupid questions, because you know that’s not just a stupid question. That’s a premeditated thing you just did.”
She then referred to Grigoriadis as “a troublemaker,” and reprimanded her for kind of stirring the pot here. Nicki tells her, “Do not speak to me like I’m stupid or beneath you in any way. I don’t care to speak to you anymore.”
So, I guess Miley and Nicki need to hug-it-out and get on the same page, Meek and Drake need to get over themselves, black women need more exposure and props in the media, and women in media (and just in general) need to stop putting each other down. I think Nicki Minaj is a thoughtful woman with a lot to say, and she handled this interview quite perfectly.