Nicki Minaj is Complex Magazine‘s December/January cover girl and she opened up about everything from her new album to her family in the interview.
Once again, she explained why she has toned down her look.
"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," she said.
She also revealed that her upcoming album, The Pinkprint will be her most personal album to date.
"My family, loss, death, guilt…. I've struggled with a lot of guilt. When you’re working and you’re busy and you’re successful, no matter what, something suffers. Whether it’s your relationship with your mother, your relationship with your whole family, not being able to go to your brother’s graduation. Certain things suffer and take the back burner, not because they’re on the back burner in your heart but because the world just moves so quickly," she explained.
"A lot of people, when they’re chasing their dreams, they have to leave people they love. A lot of artists feel that guilt but they don’t express it.'
She also explained the meaning behind the album's title.
"I made reference to The Blueprint because Jay is the biggest rapper of our time. The name of the album was inspired by Jay but not the body of work," she said.
"I do think that it’s going to create new rules, though, in [the way] that [The Blueprint did]."
She also admitted that her hectic schedule has affected her family.
"I feel like I’m the voice of reason in my family and I've always taken control and tried to lead and tried to be the one to help my family stay on the right path. When I'm not there, and something doesn't work out, I always think to myself, 'If I was there, this wouldn't have happened.'"
She also opened up about future plans to become a mother.
"I have to put out all six of my albums, contractually. After the fifth, I'll probably have my baby. I wonder if I’m going to be one of those women who balances my child with a career," she said.
"I always said, 'When I have my baby, it’s going to be all about my baby.' I don’t want the child feeling like they don’t have all of my attention, so I always said, I'm going to take a little break.' But we’ll see."