Nicki Minaj Talks Black Artists Speaking Out In ‘Rolling Stone,’ Says Kanye Got ‘Torn Apart’
As expected, Nicki Minaj’s Rolling Stone cover is just the sultry icing on top of yet another insightful interview. Opening up about her abortion, the death of Eric Garner and why more black artists aren’t speaking out, the Head Barb In Charge addressed issues of big proportions.
Take a look at highlights from her Rolling Stone cover story below:
On Eric Garner’s death:
"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 black artists speaking out on social issues:
“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?”
On her abortion:
"I thought I was going to die. I was a teenager. It was the hardest thing I'd ever gone through [...] "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."
On taking the craft of rap seriously:
"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 ass down and figure out something new to say!"