Complex: What’s behind your more natural look and your street singles reminiscent of earlier “Mixtape Nicki”?
Nicki Minaj: I didn’t go back to “Mixtape Nicki.” That’s how [members of the media] feel, but that’s not what I’ve done. I’ve never stopped rapping; I’ve never stopped doing freestyles; I’ve never stopped doing remixes and features; I’ve never stopped raising the bar lyrically. I understand and respect people’s opinions when they hear me do certain things and say she’s “going back,” but I haven’t gone back, I’ve moved forward. I’ve always been evolving.
Tag - Nicki Minaj
“I always thought that by the time I put out a third album, I would want to come back to natural hair and natural makeup,” she told me. “I thought, I will shock the world again and just be more toned down. I thought that would be more shocking than to keep on doing exactly what they had already seen.”
Full Interview: GQ
Here are images from Nicki Minaj’s latest magazine feature for L’UOMO Vogue.
R&B OG Usher links up with he top current female MC for “She Came To Give It to You.”
Watch Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj and more perform at the 2014 BET Awards.
Nicki Minaj gets extra sexy in her new video, “High School,” featuring