Nicki Minaj was not here for the drama during her cover story interview for the latest edition of The New York Times Magazine. Addressing her feelings regarding the Drake and Meek Mill fiasco, the Young Money rapstress also took the time to clarify the depth of her sentiments toward Miley Cyrus.
Referencing her now-infamous “Miley, what’s good?” line at the 2015 MTV VMAs, Nicki slammed Cyrus for her adoption of black culture and simultaneous lack of interest in black issues. Following Nicki’s Twitter rant regarding her “Anaconda” video not being nominated for Video Of The Year, Cyrus said that Nicki is “not too kind,” and “not very polite,” and that she did not respect her Twitter rant “because of the anger that came with it.” For Nicki, Miley must have “some big balls” to make a statement of that kind.
“The fact that you feel upset about me speaking on something that affects black women makes me feel like you have some big balls,” Nicki said. “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.”
The discussion then turned to the question everyone wants to know: How does Nicki Minaj feel about the beef between Drake and Meek Mill? Separating herself from the spat (as she previously did in an interview with GQ), the rapstress noted that tensions between her labelmate and boyfriend were not on her list of things that made her happy. Noting that she did not want to “choose sides,” Nicki made a point that the two were “grown-ass men.”
‘‘They’re men, grown-ass men it’s between them,’’ she said. “I hate it. t 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.’’
Things took a turn for the worst when the writer suggested that some part of Nicki Minaj “thrives on drama.” Offended by the notion, Nicki deemed the question disrespectful, also noting that she herself is a “grown-ass woman.” Though the writer admitted she “wished she could dissolve” the inquiry, it was too late.
‘‘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?”
The New York Times writer also posed the “thrive” question in regards to Lil Wayne and Birdman. Turning the conversation to her feminist values, Nicki Minaj then posed rhetorical question about women’s perception of each other with regards to the actions of men. Remarking that what the writer suggested was a “typical thing that women do,” Nicki compared the question asked to holding her responsible for Wayne, Birdman, Meek and Drake – as though they were her children. Once her point was made, Nicki dismissed the interview altogether.
“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,” Nicki said. “Do not speak to me like I’m stupid or beneath you in any way. I don’t care to speak to you anymore.”
Read Nicki Minaj’s full New York Times Magazine cover story here.