Nicki Minaj on Miley Cyrus:
Addressing Cyrus, she told me: ‘‘The fact that you feel upset about me speaking on something that affects black women makes me feel like you have some big balls. 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.’’
Nicki Minaj on Meek Mill’s beef with Drake:
“They’re men, grown-a** men,” she said. “It’s between them.” How does it make you feel, I ask? “I hate it,” she said. “It 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.”
Then, things went left when Nicki felt disrespected by the interviewer:
‘‘Is there a part of you that thrives on drama, or is it no, just pain and unpleasantness—’’
The room went quiet, but only for an instant.
“That’s disrespectful,” Minaj said, drawing herself up in the chair. “Why would a grown-ass woman thrive off drama?”
As soon as I said the words, I wished I could dissolve them on my tongue. In pop-culture idiom, “drama” is the province of Real Housewives with nothing better to do than stick their noses where they don’t belong. I was more interested in a different kind of drama — the kind worthy of an HBO series, in which your labelmate is releasing endless dis tracks against your boyfriend and your mentor is suing your label president for a king’s ransom. But the phrase I used was offensive, and even as I tried to apologize, I only made matters worse.
“What do the four men you just named have to do with me thriving off drama?” she asked. “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?”
She pointed my way, her extended arm all I could see other than the diamonds glinting in her ears. This wasn’t over yet. “That’s the typical thing that women do. What did you putting me down right there do for you?” she asked. “Women blame women for things that have nothing to do with them. I really want to know why — as a matter of fact, I don’t. Can we move on, do you have anything else to ask?” she continued. “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.” She called me “rude” and “a troublemaker,” said “Do not speak to me like I’m stupid or beneath you in any way” and, at last, declared, “I don’t care to speak to you anymore.”
Read Nicki Minaj’s full interview here.