Nicki Minaj Talks About Her Evolution, ‘Beez in the Trap’ Video

Sway Calloway, Nicki Minaj, and Devi Dev

Nicki Minaj’s promotional onslaught continues. After taping “106 & Park” on Monday, the green-haired diva rose bright and early on her album release day to pay a visit to SiriusXM Radio’s “Sway in the Morning,” where she discussed her evolution, newfound confidence, “Beez in the Trap” video with 2 Chainz, M.I.A.’s Super Bowl stunt, and her controversial Grammy performance.

On her evolution: “I think I went from being a caricature in people’s eyes to someone with a lot of layers. You just gotta realize that I’m never gonna be one dimensional. Even my core fans at times thought I was one dimensional when I was doing the mixtapes. However, even on the mixtapes, I was singing and I was doing songs like ‘Can Anybody Hear Me.’” … When mainstream got a hold of Nicki Minaj, they turned her into a girl that wears wigs and has funny voices. So then we had to get past that. And then I had to reel it in and say, ‘Hey, actually I’m a businesswoman.’”

On her newfound confidence: “I am not nervous, I am not fearful. All of those emotions have left. The stuff that I felt from the first album, I no longer care.”

On 2 Chainz: “He’s an incredible person. He’s a hard worker and I love seeing hard-working people that’s like, by any means necessary. That makes me passionate because that’s how I was.”

On the video for “Beez in the Trap”: “That video is very sexy, a lot of big booty girls in that video. We actually had to do a clean and a dirty.”

On M.I.A.’s Super Bowl incident: “I don’t think M.I.A. should have done it. It’s possible that she didn’t even plan to do it. Sometimes when you are nervous, you do things that you normally don’t do. I feel that may have been a defense mechanism at that time out of nervousness. I was kind of disappointed because it was on Madonna’s set. We were her guests and so if it was something planned, I think it was corny. I wouldn’t have done it, but M.I.A. is still cool with me.”

On her polarizing Grammy performance: “It was my favorite performance that I’ve ever done in my life. When I watched it back, I was jumping for joy. I wish I could watch that performance over and over like a fan.”

Listen to the full interview below.

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26 Comments

  1. A Realist

    THE QUEEN.

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    Harmony2 Reply:

    @A Realist,
    She making the rounds… the wig is HORRENDOUS, but she does her I guess…

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    QueenBee Reply:

    @A Realist, Wait?? Didn’t Lil’ Kim already rock that wig in 2001? What a shame.

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    TruthHURTS Reply:

    @QueenBee, does Lil’ Kim own that particular wig and had the authority for not allowing anyone to wear them?!

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  2. Shade

    Most sell out hip hop artist in hip hop history

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  3. Felipe

    Again, Nicki reigning in Rap-Up’s Top 3

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  4. kharma

    Pink Friday RR = 24oz of POP with Rap on the Side.

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    Blaze Reply:

    @kharma, DEAD___________________LMFAO

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  5. hero

    I didn’t know Looney Tunes made music.

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  6. Os

    keep doing u nicki.

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  7. @taimiicel

    #PFRR IS ON REPEAT II LOVE IT

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  8. Randy

    I spot enhanced cheek bones…

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    Os Reply:

    @Randy,yup you will see anything in your little fantasy world,anything you thinks in it materialize in front of your eyes.

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  9. Marie

    Why did she release this as a promo single as well as Roman Reloaded. What is wrong with her…

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    nicki winning doe Reply:

    @Marie, WHY U ON HER DICK DOE!DAMN

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    Pretty Reply:

    @Marie, She’s in her own lane. I wonder if she receives direction well? YMCMB will allow artists to make the money, but she’d better not do anything stupid.

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  10. crowns360

    This wack bish! I don’t believe her. She don’t believe her.

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  11. LOL

    Wow I thought she stole and rocked all of Kim’s wigs….She still got more? Damn

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  12. nicki winning doe

    YOU HOES CAN STAY MAD TEAMMINAJ WILL KEEP NICKI ON TOP TO SHE SAY F##K THIS MUSIC S##T AND THEN WE STILL GOING TO SUPPORT HER HOES SO U CAN KEEP SAYING LIL KIM LIL KIM ALL YOU WANT ITS PLAYING OUT JUST DEAL WITH IT SHE TOOK THE SPOT SHES THE BEST SO GET THE F##K ON!TEAMMINAJ

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  13. yeah...

    I love what she said about the Grammy performance. I always thought she did that for her core fans because they were the only ones who would really understand what was going on. I loved it.

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  14. MCA

    love it

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  15. TheDreamer

    Gonna listen to the album for the first time later.

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  16. Pretty

    Old heads, we are not talking about Lil K.

    On to the next, I am huge HUGE HUGE! Nicki fan, BUUUUT, lately I see a big ego emerging. Certain comments, her body language — I am afraid now. She is def a superstar, absolutely!, but one still needs to stay humble/grounded.

    BTW, can we see less of SB (SaBotage)? I say that b/c if he was in the spot light she’d be backstage, oh no, in the audience, or in the trailer booking the next appt.

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    Pretty Reply:

    @Pretty, Oh, and I forgot to mention, her ego is emerging b/c she seems to have more to say about other people. What M.I.A did was M.I.A’s business and something she’ll have to discuss with Maddona, the NFL, and NBC! She screwed herself, BUUUUUT Nicki should’ve gave a long-winded and vague “I don’t know”-ish statement. Corny? Close your mouth Nicki!

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