Nicki Minaj means business.

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Nicki Minaj means business.

When Nicki Minaj isn’t trolling her fans with a fake surprise-album release, she’s working on a number of ventures. Most recently, the Pinkprint rapper starred in a commercial for T-Mobile (as did her “Side To Side” co-star Ariana Grande), and now covers the latest issue of Marie Claire magazine.

“I don’t need to read a book about [business],” she tells the mag. “I can look at someone’s career and just pinpoint the dos and the don’ts, and the one person I’ve done that with for my entire career was Jay Z. He did such a great job being an authentic street guy and a businessman, and I was like, ‘Why aren’t there women doing that, taking the success from rap and channeling it into their empire?’ I felt like anything he could do, I could do.”

The female MC also opened up about her relationship with Beyonce: “Every time Bey and I do something together, I see how women are inspired, and it has nothing to do with how we look. It has to do with how we are owning who we are and telling other women you should be the boss of your own career and the brains behind your life or your decisions or your art.”

Here’s a behind-the-scenes clip of Minaj’s photoshoot, which features the magazine’s creative director Nina Garcia gushing over her, and another clip where Minaj is impatient. All important.

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