8 Things We Learned From Nicki Minaj’s Feisty New York Times Feature

8 Things We Learned From Nicki Minaj's Feisty New York Times Feature

Nicki Minaj has had enough of Miley Cyrus, re-touching Instagram photos and the reporter conducting the interview for the New York Times.

Minaj is increasingly more guarded now that her super-stardom is at an all-time high. She’s caught in the middle between a feud with Lil Wayne, Meek Mill, Bryan Williams and Drake, has some choice words for Miley Cyrus and is definitely not fond of the question whether she thrives off drama or not.

Here are the eight juiciest quotes from her new profile in the NY Times:

Pep talks:
“I never was political or preachy, but I’d stop my show and do two minutes of talking to my girls, boosting them up. They’d go home feeling, ‘Can’t nobody tell me [expletive]. We got so many girls right now having children and don’t even know the first thing to say to a child, but you’re having a child because ‘I want to keep this dude,’ or it just happened. Why are we never in control? Why are we stuck with a baby? Why are we always stuck on the welfare line? Why are we always stuck having to beg, borrow and steal to provide for our children? Why do we think it’s something wrong for waiting to have a baby, waiting until you’re 35 or 36 to have children? Technology has changed — you can wait! Have something to offer them.”

Famous people on Instagram:
“[They] 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. 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?'”

Her feud with Miley Cyrus:
‘‘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.’’

If Lady Gaga inspired her look early on:
“I don’t even want to discuss that. That’s so old to me.”

Whether her father abused her:
“No. He was just abusive. I would always hear him yelling and cursing, always. And it made me feel it was the way to interact, because that’s how I saw him interacting. When I was younger, I thought that the only reason my mother didn’t leave my father was for financial reasons. From early on in my life, I looked at a woman not having her money as the biggest curse. Now that I’m an adult, I realize that women stay whether a man’s rich or poor. It’s just a weakness.”

Dealing with men and work:
“Since I was 15, I came out of one relationship and went into another relationship. In my relationships, I’ve been told, ‘You don’t have to work that much.’ But I can’t stop working, because it’s bigger than work to me. It’s having a purpose outside any man.”

The beef between Drake, Meek Mill, Lil Wayne and Bryan Williams:
“They’re men, grown-ass men. It’s between them. I hate it. 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.”

The reporter then asked: “Is there a part of you that thrives on drama, or is it no, just pain and unpleasantness?”
“That’s disrespectful. Why would a grown-ass woman thrive off drama? What do the four men you just named have to do with me thriving off drama? Why would you even say that? That’s so peculiar. Four grown-ass men are having issues between themselves, and you’re asking me do I thrive off 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. Do not speak to me like I’m stupid or beneath you in any way. I don’t care to speak to you anymore.”

You can read the full interview on the NY Times.