Nicki Minaj: ‘‘The Re-Up’ Is a Better Representation of Me’

Nicki Minaj

Fresh off her double win at the American Music Awards, Nicki Minaj called into Ryan Seacrest to discuss her big night, why she’s nervous about watching herself on “American Idol,” and her re-release Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up. Nicki will promote her fragrance “Pink Friday” in her hometown of Queens tomorrow and give away turkeys at her old elementary school today.

On her new album: “I feel like the music is such a better representation of me where I am now as an artist in my career. As long as people can hear the music, I’m good.”

On “American Idol”: “I’m scared! Maybe I shouldn’t have been so… It’s hard for me to not say how I really feel. I’m having a hard time [with how honest I am sometimes]. Everyone else is so nice. I was just thinking back about some things, and I was like, ‘I wonder if that was not nice.’ … As an artist, I’ve always grown more from the tougher criticism. I would like to be that person and to try to help people get that thick skin and really give it their all. It is a competition.”

On whether she would perform with fellow judge Mariah Carey on “Idol”: “If she’ll have me, I’ll be there waiting.”

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66 Comments

  1. RihannaNavy

    FLOP.

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    Navi 101 Reply:

    @RihannaNavy, ok i’m apart of the navy but i so tired of this word “flop” it’s so played out btw let nicki be. not her biggest supporter but at least she’s making the effort to go back to her pre debut roots. i just hop she cut the twinkle twinkle little stars raps and stick with this more mature sound on the re-up..plus get rid of the cotton candy wacky outfits.

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    AAA Reply:

    @Navi 101, ok both of you need to shutup. I’m guessing flop now a days is I have nothing else to say so Imma say anything hurtful to look cool, and for someone who’s not a fan don’t make suggestions on what she should do, because you wouldn’t buy her albumn anyway, hell you wouldn’t buy Rihanna’s Album. I’m sure you download it for free

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    Oh Reply:

    @RihannaNavy, A re-release CAN’T FLOP! DF U talking about…. any sales Nicki get will only ADD to her sales of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.. U needd to worry about Unapolegetic flopping …which most likely will withing two weeks

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    Chris Y Reply:

    @Oh, Incorrect. A Re-Release CAN flop. Nickis last album flopped worse than a fish out of water, and adding the sale of this new joint (which will be 0$), it will still be a flop, cuz zero plus zero equals zero.

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    Queen Kimmy Blanco Reply:

    @Chris Y, How does a multi-number 1 debut constitute as a flop?

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    Real Hip Hop Reply:

    @RihannaNavy, Thank you for being the first to point out that Nicki will FLOP AGAIN…. look at itunes….. She’s at #15… even Keyshia Cole is ahead of Nicki….

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    Idiot Reply:

    @Real Hip Hop, thats because is a whole new album dumb ass….

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  2. RihannaNavy

    Rihanna is going to slay this thing’s album sales!!1

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    coolio Reply:

    @RihannaNavy, smh don’t make me laugh. Both these bitches will flop.

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    Kaykay Reply:

    @coolio, First of all both of y’all Ned to shut of course rihannas album is going to do better because it’s a whole new damn album Nicki’s just an EP. Her third album won’t come out till 2013

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    Pereezy YMCMB MMG Reply:

    @RihannaNavy, Not hatin’ On Rih, But Nowadays Nicki is Doin’ Bigger Than Rihanna

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    KenBarbUK Reply:

    @Pereezy YMCMB MMG, Yeah The Last Two Of Rihanna Album Hasnt Been Number One.

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    Lasha Reply:

    @KenBarbUK,@Pereezy YMCMB MMG How do yall dumb Barbs think Nicki doing better things than Rihanna. Do your research on Wikipedia on Rihanna. Rihanna even had Oprah interview her. Has Nicki been interviewed by Oprah? Let’s all say it together….NO!

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    Adhlighko Reply:

    @Lasha, she only got that interview because of the chris brown drama. That whole thing creates hype for her. Other than that she wouldnt have had that oprah interview. Then again tihanna has been out since 2005. Nicki mad her official mark in 2010 and is already the most versitle, influential female artist to ever do this shit. Rihanna needs chris brown to create hype, nicki does it on her own boo

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    Rosamaria Avalon Reply:

    @Lasha, Did you just say “do your research on Wikipedia about Rihanna”? I am ALL of the way done! LMAO.

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    Azebra Reply:

    @Pereezy YMCMB MMG, bitch rihanna album is platinum. onigger album is struggling and stuck on 600k+ despite the heavy promotion and literally made a music video on every flop music she had on that flop flop flop album. lmao..

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    Real Hip Hop Reply:

    @Pereezy YMCMB MMG, U have got to be kidding me…. Rihanna has the #1 singles on Billboard Hot 100…. I dont see Nicki charting at #1 on Billboard Hot 100… and look at Itunes…. Rihanna has the #1 song…. SIT ALL THEE WAY DOWN… Nicki fans are delusional as hell and yes Nicki WILL FLOP while Rihanna comes in at #1

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    Diar7 Reply:

    @Real Hip Hop, Are you aware that Nicki Minaj is a FEMALE rapper? Which female rapper has had a #1 hit on Billboard Hot 100? None. So you have no right to blame Nicki. And it’s true Rihanna hasn’t been ‘winning’ lately. She was nominated with 6 EMA awards and she didn’t win ANY. Rihanna needs to finish that Diamonds crap…She is not making good music anymore. She is famous and she knows her music will sell so that’s why she keeps making ‘crap’ music. I only liked like…2-3 songs from Unapologetic. I’m a fan of both but really, Rihanna is becoming very boring.

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    tmuk Reply:

    @RihannaNavy, This isn’t even a proper album release its a re-release for her fans most shops are not even selling it..

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    Real Hip Hop Reply:

    @tmuk, Nicki fans always have an excuse when she comes short of success… But love to gloat when she is successful and rub it in everyone’s face… Just like PF:RR only sold a little over 600K and yall were proud of a certification from RIAA saying SHIPPED platinum and not SOLD platinum… The Re-Up shouldnt have even been re-released and Im surprised Universal is Re-Releasing an album that shipped under 1 Million units… Her re-release will flop even harder than the original… Take notes… Only people who are so infactuated with Nicki is her fans. Everyone else see’s she’s overrated. That #RihannaNavy gonna snatch plenty wigs.

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    Diar7 Reply:

    @Real Hip Hop, Have you been reading news lately? Most of the stores have like 20 copies of The Re-Up, because they thought that people will not buy it. But people WILL buy it.

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  3. T

    That was really big of her in regards to her comment about performing with Mariah.

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    ????!!!!???? Reply:

    @T, I doubt Mariah will perform with her ass, but it’s nice to dream isn’t it?

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    eX-bARB Reply:

    @????!!!!????, What’s more amusing is that Nicki has definitely realized the TRUTH regarding her ginormous ego and now she’s trying to appear as if she’s aware of it. NO YOU’RE NOT! U’ve read comments regarding your super large ego and the fact that you haven’t made any PUBLIC charity appearances! I’ve invested in your empire, not buying no re-up, nothing with the word Pink in it ANYMORE. You have millions of OTHER BarBfoolZ that’ll financially support you .

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    Bougie Kid Reply:

    @eX-bARB, Clearly you haven’t been paying attention. She was a part of Breast Cancer Awareness in 2010 and was in support of Pink Friday. You’re just one less person of her fan base that will continue to grow.

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    Chris Y Reply:

    @Bougie Kid, Her fan base will NOT continue to grow. People are tired of her annoying pop songs. Need proof? Check the charts.

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    Diar7 Reply:

    @Chris Y, Check the charts? Sure. – I just checked them, and looks like Starships spent 21 consecutive weeks in the top ten. Is that a flop? And she said she won’t make pop songs anymore, but it was nice of her to try another genre too. “Art shouldn’t be criticized because every mistake is a new creation.” – And, her fan base is growing. Her likes on FB, subscribers on YT, followers on Twitter are growing really fast. She is getting money, are you?

    WETWIPES Reply:

    @eX-bARB, Do your research!

    Her MAC VIVA GLAM products raise money towards aids research.

    You’re a bum bitch! *gets wetwipes ready*

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    Diar7 Reply:

    @WETWIPES, Couple wet wipes cause a bum tries to touch me! Ew!! Haha #DidItOnEm

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  4. MmmHmm

    SO OVER USED LINES IS A BETTER REP OF HER?! MAJOR FAIL! SPECIALLY AFTER SHE HAD TO LIP SYNCH & HAVE A CHOIR HIT ALL THE NOTES ON HER AMA PERFORMANCE!

    SMH & SHEs SUPPOSE TO JUDGE OTHER ON HOW TO SING O_O ITS THE END OF DAYS INDEED!

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    ,. Reply:

    @MmmHmm, god ad-mn it get a f-cking life,you bin on all her post with that f-cking liar and got shot down on all of them and you came back again,sigh you so pathetic.

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    MmmHmm Reply:

    @,., I THINK THE ONLY PERSON WHO IS PATHETIC HERE IS YOU, TAKING TIME TO SPEAK TO ME WASTING TIME, YOUR COMMENTS DON’T PHASE ME! YOU EXPECT ME TO DELETE MY SHIT LIKE NICKI DID BC OF A DUMB COMMENT LIKE YOURS?! LMAO LIVE YOUR LIFE KID!

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    Bougie Kid Reply:

    @MmmHmm, You really are pathetic. Talking about Nicki while on her posts and the ones unrelated.

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  5. Sassy

    She’ll blame her flop on the fact that it’s a re-release. But Nicki shouldn’t turn in no less than 250K for any albums she put out because she’s in the prime of her career. We’ll see how she does.

    I know she didn’t intend to re-up this soon but she’s desperate for U.S. platinum sales before the album reaches a year old.

    Her Barbz are having a hard time finding the record at retail stores because the label understocked the shelves to see how well the album would sell before they get stuck with the 300K they still have of PFRR.

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    ,. Reply:

    @Sassy, she already admit that she was going to re-up the da-mn album on one of her song on the same album.

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    Henry Reply:

    @Sassy, Album already is platinum. It’s already shipped over a million. Dummy

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    Real Hip Hop Reply:

    @Henry, SHIPPED AND SOLD are two different words DUMMY.

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    truth Reply:

    @Real Hip Hop, THANK YOU. Shipped and sold are not the same. The album has not sold 1 Million plus albums yet. Shipped means that amount of albums has been shipped out to stores lmao atleast to my knowledge thats what it means.

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  6. Speechless

    But she’s still talkin bout birthing people and b!tches is her sons 2 years later….

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    Bougie Kid Reply:

    @Speechless, I must agree with this one. I’m sick of those damn ‘son’ references.

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    truth Reply:

    @Speechless, Cause shes a basic bitch what do you expect. Her mindset for rapping is too repetitive lol

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    AllAmerykhanBoy Reply:

    @Speechless, but Nobody says anything when Lil Wayne uses them F lines all the time. So have a seat.

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  7. FukIzOnYoBiskit

    First off Nicki’s AMA performance was amazing. second off its a re-release it wasn’t made to go number one just sell more records. Its only 8 new songs, ya dmmy. and 3rd off Rihanna is not getting that number one either Taylor gone stunt her and Rihtard, that flop ass album, and her Rihtard Navy will deal.

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    Navi 101 Reply:

    @FukIzOnYoBiskit, we dealing slaying itunes. you mad?

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    Nettybo253 Reply:

    @FukIzOnYoBiskit, Yall Barbs need to give Nicki the truth. Those same dull lines from her first album are washed up like she claim other rap chics are. No other females are beefing with Nicki. So why keep saying B’s are your sons! I’m sick of hearing how much of this or that she has. She’s on top. We all can see her financial success. However, you don’t have to use those lines to discredit and undermind other chics in the game. It’s getting OLD!

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    Diar7 Reply:

    @Nettybo253, Uhm, calm your tits ._. It’s just a song, don’t take it too seriously. That’s her signature rap line, so no insult to anyone…

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    AllAmerykhanBoy Reply:

    @Nettybo253, But you B’s be acting like ya’ll done be seeing what she’s doing. Now that it’s more mainstream ya’ll wanna say ya’ll tired of it. Sit down.

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  8. Pereezy YMCMB MMG

    F**k All The Haters, While You’re Hatin’ on The Queen Of The Hip Hop, she’s Winnin’ Awards and a Lot of Money… I Just Bought the PFRR-Re.Up and This S**t Bumps. YMCMinaj was Born To Win

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  9. @pRINCERACQUAN

    Nicki Can NEVER CATCH A BREAK . She Wins 2 Awards & Still Dont Get Props. Stores Hate Re-Releases So Of Course Are Numbers Are Going To Be Smaller . .

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  10. WTFGTFOH

    LMAO of at all the nicki stans.. didnt know this yodeling goat with a blonde wig had fans…

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    xticki Reply:

    @WTFGTFOH, y won’t she evn worthless people lyk u who hate have Life…u shud b dead….fuck face….she’s #1 on itunes already #re-up BITCH

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  11. Hell yeah

    Y’all dumb! Sales go towards roman reloaded so it can’t flop STUPIDS!!! Do y’all research on re-releases …… It’s more for her barbz then ANYTHING! I find it quite funny how she has lots of haters but still be at #1 y’all buying her shit too?? #StayMad

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  12. @taimiicel

    #queennicki I love her I love how rap up posts everything about her

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    Diar7 Reply:

    @@taimiicel, Me too. :D

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    Speechless Reply:

    @@taimiicel, They also post a lot about Rihanna, Beyonce, Ciara, Kelly Rowland, Chris Brown, Trey Songz, etc. Your point?

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    Andy Reply:

    @Speechless, and the chick with the most read stories in Rap-up is… well we have to thank the haters for that because they can’t stop hating on her. This bitches run to post hateful messages here PATHETIC

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  13. oh please

    after peepz started to get her confused with lady gaga, she changes it up, RETURNS to Hip-Hop, and now we are suppose to believe this is the true “representation”. Maybe Mariah will be nice and throw the dog a bone.

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  14. MimiStan

    You think Mimi will even look Nicki way after Nicki’s public stunt. Mimi not thirsty for fame or money. Then two collaborating again will benefit Nicki more than Mimi. Google Mimi’s awards and $. Ok then.

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  15. truth

    If Nicki had released those tracks from the re-up for the general release she would have sold way more. She thought if she just went pop she would sell more WRONG. Up In Flames sounds dope though i think she shoulda got Kanye to be featured on that track. This re release isnt gonna sell that well though since its #15 on Itunes Keyshia cole is even ahead of her.

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    Sassy Reply:

    @truth, Nicki sells more physical CDs because her fans are too young to own credit/debit cards.

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  16. Vicki

    All u haters need to GTFO!! As for u Rihanna fans y’all can shut up! This is about Nicki not Rihanna!

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  17. Vicki

    Some of y’all r saying nicki is being repetitive. Really? And Rihanna isn’t?! How is saying “shine bright like a diamond” over and over lyrical?? And Rihanna doesn’t even write most of her songs so….

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  18. bibi93

    We love you Nicki!!

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  19. AllAmerykhanBoy

    Let the haters talk. Nicki isn’t worrying about it. She doesn’t make music for the haters and she said it before she’s gonna make music for her and her fans and who ever likes it likes it and who ever don’t don’t. That’s just the way it works. Her success speaks for itself because if she wasn’t winning nobody would’ve said anything.

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  20. Pour boomz RearzTues

    wow

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