Photography: Terry Richardson; Styling: Rushka Bergman; Hair: Oscar James/Ken Barboza Associates; Makeup: Mylah Morales/Tracey Mattingly
Despite her sexy cover shoot. Ms.Minaj gets quiet deep in her article with Rolling Stone.
On Abortion & Her Break Up
“I thought I was going to die. I was a teenager,” she added, before going on, “It’d be contradictory if I said I wasn’t pro-choice. I wasn’t ready. I didn’t have anything to offer a child.” But, as she details on her latest album’s intro, the rapstress has since found a solace in the belief that her unborn child is looking over her little brother, Micaiah. “My child with Aaron would’ve have been sixteen any minute / So in some ways I feel like ‘Caiah is the both of them, it’s like he’s ‘Caiah’s little angel looking over him,” she raps on “All Things Go.” Spilling out those emotional details in song, is something the rapper also said she’s “proud of.”
“One of my goals was to give people a glimpse into my personal life, because it’s something I’ve kept very private,” Nicki told RS. “I had to learn to do something as simple as sleep alone. I struggled with ‘Do I express these feelings?’ And I decided there’s no reason for me to hide. I’m a vulnerable woman, and I’m proud of that.”
On Her Craft: “I hate when artists brag about not writing rhymes, or doing things really quickly, and then it’s not great,” she says. “It’s ill when Jay Z or Wayne say it, because the results are great. When they’re not? Sit your a** down and figure out something new to say!”
On the Aftermaths Of Mike Brown And Eric Garner Deaths: “It’s sickening, and I’ve been reading so many people saying, ‘Why are we surprised?’ That’s what’s really sad: that we should somehow be used to being treated like animals. It’s gotten to the point where people feel like there’s no accountability: If you are law enforcement and you do something to a black person, you can get away with it.”
On Why More Black Artists Aren’t Speaking Up: “I feel like when Public Enemy were doing ‘Fight The Power,’ we as a culture had more power—now it feels hopeless. People say, ‘Why Aren’t Black Celebrities Speaking Out More?’ But look what happened to Kanye when he Spoke Out. People told him to apologize to Bush!”
“He was the unofficial spokesman for hip-hop, and he got torn apart. And now you haven’t heard him speaking about these last couple things, and it’s sad. Because how many times can you be made to feel horrible for caring about your people before you say, ‘Fuck it, it’s not worth it, let me live my life because I’m rich, and why should I give a fuck?’”
Look out for the rest issue of this on stands and in the iTunes App Store this Friday, January 2nd.