Her Minajesty has been taking a lot of flack since her theatrical performance at this year’s Grammy Awards. Since then she has released a couple tracks that could easily be considered more pop than hip hop. But the critics haven’t shaken Nicki Minaj. In fact, she still stands firmly by her new music, album and Grammy showcase.
When asked about the backlash, she first mentioned being disappointed that her fans didn’t trust her to know what she was doing. “I would hope that people know at this point that I’m smart enough to know what I’m doing all the time. But I guess they still kind of waiver. I always intended on putting out something urban after ‘Starships,’ because I knew ‘Starships’ was a monster.”
[photogallerylink id=148827 align=left] She then added, however, that she appreciates that hip hop still cares, “I didn’t feel the pressure. To be honest, I feel really, really good. I feel that Hip Hop cares enough that they have something to say. I remember when I was hoping that someone had something to say about me on the radio, or cared enough.”
After releasing the harder hitting “Roman Reloaded” single, which features Lil Wayne, she felt the need to remind others of her talent for spitting and writing fierce bars.
“Maybe it would be a problem if I couldn’t deliver records like ‘Roman Reloaded,’ but I can. I write my own lyrics. Once again, I write my own lyrics. So it’s never a problem. Whatever I feel, I can write, I can create it. So I’m good. I think people sometimes get blown away by the magnitude of the pop stuff, because the pop stuff, it reaches everywhere and then I feel like my Hip Hop fans or Hip Hop culture starts getting a little bit afraid that I’m going to leave.”
She ended the conversation declaring to get on her level or go home. “But this is who I am. I’m not going to change – I’m just adding on to my brand. And if you don’t understand that, then it’s probably why you don’t travel and you don’t see the world and I probably can’t even have a conversation with you anymore.”
Well you go girl!
“Starships” by Nicki Minaj
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