On what her next album will sound like
“I’m choosing to get back to my essence and just feed the core hip-hop fan. I feel like I need this because it’s a more powerful platform for me. Even when I’m on stage performing my rap songs, it’s more organic. It’s more authentic... I really grew up here. This was all I knew... But I still grew up loving Cyndi Lauper and Madonna.”
On her next album
"For the third album, I've been doing a lot of rap features. And I've just been getting back to that place where I was when I dropped my first album, which is kill, kill, kill, kill everything."
On how she studied rapping
"Rapping makes me always stay on my grind. 'Cause I'm very competitive when it comes to wordplay, my writing, my flow... I kind of feel like a lot of girls come in the game and feel like, I'ma just put some words together and make 'em rhyme. And I studied for so many years how to make my flow sound to the point where it feels like you're watching art. I don't like to just get on and say a regular thing. That's why I started doing all those crazy voices."
On her varying interests
"My favorite actress is Meryl Streep. That should tell you something. I don't limit what I like. But I agree that Nicki Minaj should focus on rap. But
I would not have done it differently."
On mistakes she made with her second album
"There is one regret. When I was working on my second album, I took on so much. I had to rehearse with Madonna for the Super Bowl. I did the NBA All-Star thing and I did the Grammys. It was too much for me to focus on writing my album... I spread myself way too thin. For this third album, once this movie is shot, the kid is going back home and I'm going to my dungeon."
On being labeled a diva
"I handle my business, and also I speak up for myself. But if I was not like this, so many people would've taken advantage of me... People try to make such a big deal when a woman stands up for herself."