Nicki Minaj Talks Father’s Abuse, Being ‘Bossed Up’ on ‘Nightline’

Nicki Minaj and Juju Chang

Nicki Minaj showed who’s the boss during her interview on ABC’s “Nightline.” The “Starships” rapper, who was dubbed “Hurricane Nicki,” sat down with Juju Chang to discuss her love for the “F-bomb,” appealing to young fans while still maintaing her street cred, comparisons to Lady Gaga, her nipple slip on “Good Morning America,” father’s violent past, and being “bossed up.”

While Nicki tries to appeal to fans of all ages, she doesn’t forget where she came from. “I don’t want to offend moms or children, like when they come and pay their money to see a show,” she said. “But I didn’t come in the game to be an artist that appealed to kids either—and I’m a crazy lunatic.”

She keeps one of her youngest fans, 8-year-old YouTube sensation Sophia Grace, in mind when recording a song. “We have a running joke. Can Sophia Grace sing that?”

During her performance on “GMA” last summer, her nipple made a surprise appearance, but Minaj maintains it was not a publicity stunt. “I’m so sorry about that,” she told Chang. “People are ridiculous if they think I would use that as a stunt. I would never, ever, ever—swear to God—do something like that on purpose. That’s ridiculous. I would never do that.”

A young Nicki witnessed violence as a chid. “My father was abusive. We were afraid for [my mother's] life because whenever he would have a real bad outburst, he would threaten to kill her.”

She added, “I wanted to kill him. I wished he was dead.”

She also described the difference between men and women in power. “When a man is ‘bossed up,’ he is taking control, he’s getting money, he’s in control of his settings everytime, and there’s no synonym for it in the female world outside of bitch.”

While she wants a family someday, she’s in no rush. “When I saw Madonna, I realized it can be done ’cause I saw her children were coming to the rehearsals and that really moved me,” said Nicki, adding, “But no children anytime soon!”


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  1. Dre

    She’s winning. No denying it. She’s not who she’s gonna be in the end she’s still growing. I see Nicki in a constant state of growth & evolution. She definitely may get to Jay-Z level one day.


    @Lewis_Bennett Reply:

    @Dre, ohhh god I just love her so muchhh


    Shade Reply:

    @Dre, Never


  2. TheFlier

    she’s da queen! Kim, sit down!


    my name is oo Reply:

    @TheFlier, please dont start… I’m a fan of both..


    wackout Reply:

    @my name is oo, lololol… tats an awesome comment! im a fan of both, too. can’t ppl practice PEACE?!


    RDK Reply:

    @my name is oo, Co-Sign,i don’t know were he came from with that that is so left filed,anyways keep doign you nicki.


    nojusthenry Reply:

    @my name is oo, took the words right out my mouth… thank you


    Felipe Reply:

    @my name is oo, that’s what’s all about, epic comment


  3. Shack

    Lil Kim will always be the Queen of rap no one can take that from her.


    SitDown Reply:

    @Shack, omg… gtfo. Irrelivant ass comment.


  4. Braulio



  5. nikole

    Disagree a woman getting $ & power is a boss chick come on nicki im white & know that lmao still love ya, yous a boss chick, recognize it


  6. not thanks

    Nic is Queen of bubblegum rap. she made it!


  7. davyd69

    She’s true


  8. Hugh

    Cool interview


  9. Patrycja


    Haters u cant hate Nicki & Kim NOW!.


  10. BreezyLover

    why cant they both (Kim and Nicki) share the first place? theyre both hella good


  11. 954talo

    i love nicki shes the best i love how far she has come thanks to all her loyal fans


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  13. RDK

    keep doing you nicki,talk the thing yes.


  14. Billionaire

    Interesting how the word bitch has became so common that it’s freely used on air of one of the national tv stations. Oh btw, congrats Nicki! I have to admit i didn’t think you would have lasted this long into a sophomore album with this much success! Keep winning!



    A woman will never be in complete control because women can’t control their emotions. When men do business, it’s just that- BUSINESS. When women do business, it’s like, they gotta make it personal. No one wants a leader who cries and shows emotional to the opposite side…


  16. True

    omfg yo i swear man yall erk me ok kim is the queen of rap nicki is just coming into the game ok like nicki will never be the queen of rap ilike nicki but she cant rap hardcore and rap 16 bars but forreal nicki was rude and nicki outfits do be like gaga and katy perry outfits but yall and all this fighting shit is lame


    Moss Reply:

    @True, No…Nicki is the Queen of Rap now! come to 2012 please. They all dress how they want when they want the people (us) are the only ones who compare and contrast them and the media also which we pay attention to to much


  17. nojusthenry

    i would die if lady gaga and nicki did a song together… oh lord…


  18. Sara

    people kim and nicki is the same so what is yall fighting for like i dont see them fighting over yall


  19. Lol

    people yall must have lost yall mind do yall know who MISSY is now thats a female rapper thats gone be here to the end


  20. WHAT

    “Starships” rapper??? Yeah, right.


  21. Audrey Hepburn

    She’s growing on me. I’m not a fan, but I hope she’ll continue to expand and refine her artistry. :)


  22. J.lo

    she is ok but when it come to rap no nicki like she is a pop star/singer now ok but im happy for her but this girl like the money get to her head like every other star did


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