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V Exclusive! Nicki Minaj’s Feb/Mar 2012 VIBE Cover Story (PG.3)

How has he changed with Take Care? Do you feel like he’s gotten more confident, become more of a tough guy?
I really don’t think Drake has changed musically. Take Care is a continuation of Thank Me Later. I don’t really feel that it’s a leap. His core fans are getting what they love from Drake.
Do you guys talk about how you’re handling fame?
We speak about it all the time, yeah.

What’s the greatest advice that you’ve given him and that he’s given you?
[Laughs] I told him recently to go back to his clean-cut look. I always tell him what I think girls are going to like. We have a couple laughs about it and keep it moving. In terms of image, whenever I wear my black hair, he’s so happy. He’s like, “Yo, that’s how I want you to look.” We have more indepth conversations about the business, but those are confidential.
Is it still hard to get your way as a woman in this industry?
It’s not hard to get your way when it’s your way or the highway. People either follow suit or they’re not around. I don’t really like the sound of that, ‘cause that sounds like a temper tantrum. I’m just very black and white when it comes to my business. There’s really no gray area. I really don’t have a lot of small talk with people I work with. It’s pretty much let’s get the job done. In the beginning, if people didn’t know me they’d probably assume I wasn’t smart or wasn’t business savvy. But once you sit and talk to me, it’s a different story.
You seem kind of intimidating.
I would say that people are cautious of the way they come at me. I’m just about my business. So when I meet people, it doesn’t mat- ter how big of a celebrity they are, I maintain who I am. I maintain respect for myself. So I very rarely come across anyone who disrespects me, because I respect myself. I don’t go around acting in a way that people would ever get it twisted with me. If that means they’re intimidated by me, then so be it. I’d rather people be intimidated than be too comfortable.

Read the full interview in the Feb/Mar issue of VIBE!