Nicki Minaj Talks ‘The Pink Print,’ Praises Lil Wayne and The Game

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Nicki Minaj checked in with her British Barbz in an interview with DJ Semtex on BBC Radio 1Xtra. During the 18-minute conversation, the “Pills N Potions” rapper provided some insight into her upcoming third album The Pink Print.

“I’m super excited about the music that I have in store for people,” she said. “I have some stuff coming out in the next couple weeks that is gonna blow people’s minds and I’m just gearing up for this album. I took my time with the album and I’ve never felt better, to be honest.”

A confident Nicki also weighed in on some of her collaborators including Soulja Boy, Young Thug (“He’s not contrived. He’s just raw talent”), and her mentor Lil Wayne, who she’s currently in the studio with.

Plus, find out why The Game’s remix of “Chi-Raq” is her favorite.

On The Pink Print: “I think it’s good sometimes to deactivate yourself from the machine of the industry. I think I did that. I got enough time to focus and get a new perspective on who I was in relation to the industry, in relation to rap. I am a lot more confident. I really feel like this album will be a blueprint for female rappers to come. That alone should tell you confident I am about the music.”

On her favorite remix of “Chi-Raq”: “The Game bodied it. He kinda surprised me. That was one of the most lyrical Game verses I heard in years. I didn’t really expect him to go that crazy on it. That was one that really stood out to me. He was mad. Somebody made him mad or something.”

On Young Thug: “Somebody described him the other day as a 2014 ODB, and I thought it was really interesting ’cause there’s a style that he has almost like he doesn’t care. He’s in his own world, he talks with his own slang, he’s just a very different type of dude. He dresses different, he looks different. [Birdman] took him under his wing. Baby loves Young Thug. So Young Thug is kinda like our family.”

On the difference between The Pink Print and Roman Reloaded: “This album is more confident. It’s more focused. The second album lacked a little bit of focus. The first album was very focused and very raw and just real. I’m addressing things that I’ve never addressed before on the third album, which is another thing that I think my fans are going to love.”

On Soulja Boy: “He reached out to me. He hit up Mack Maine and he was like, ‘Yo, I got this joint I did. It’s a beat and a hook.’ And I heard ['Yasss Bish!!'] and I was like, ‘Didn’t you do this on a Vine?” And he was like, ‘Yeah, but it’s hot. Do it.’ When I played it in the studio, the beat is crazy. I just jumped on it. We mixed and mastered it that night and threw it out that night.”

On “Pills N Potions”: “It’s just so indicative of where my life is right now. That’s the only thing I can say without giving away too much of my personal… In terms of the sound, I wanted my first official single to be something unexpected. People never heard me sing like that in that tone. I think it was something fresh and new.”

On Lil Wayne: “He hasn’t played any role on my album other than saying, you better rap, you better body these beats. We’re actually in the same studio right now, starting from today for a few weeks. My connection with Wayne is so deep that I don’t gotta be on his album and he don’t gotta be on my album for him to always play a role as a mentor in my life. One of the biggest motivators in my career was just watching Wayne’s work ethic when I first came in the game. I would see him go so hard and do so many features and do so many mixtapes and do so many albums, and I was just like, ‘Yo, this dude don’t get tired.’ I’m just in love with him. He motivates me like a fighter.”



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35 Comments

  1. nicko

    Queen Onika :’) Cant wait for The Pinkprint . Buy Pills N Potions on iTunes:

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    Oh Reply:

    @nicko, Give it up. Piss N Poision FLOPPED just like The Wackprint is about to F L O P

    “More confident than Roman Reloaded” That doesnt sound good…. thats all that bitch did on her last flop album so shes EVEN MORE CONFIDENT NOW? If anything she should humble herself cuz shes pretty mediocre to be thinking shes some Queen Of Rap

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    No-Name Reply:

    @Oh, I cry at how idiotic you sound.

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    Mandela Barb Reply:

    @Oh, The world that you live in is so ugly.

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  2. Jade

    Delusional ass bitch.

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    Mandela Barb Reply:

    @Jade, Yes you are.

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    Jade Reply:

    @Mandela Barb, K loser.

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    Truth Reply:

    @Jade, Im not a nick fan but how is she a “Delusional ass bitch” when she just said herself that the second album lack focus, which we all know that’s why that album did not do as well. I mean if nick can say that at least give her credit that she can admit that album was not good.

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    Shawshank Reply:

    @Jade, Mandela dragged you hoe. Damn and you made it so easy

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    Mandela Barb Reply:

    @Jade, Thank you Shawshank, and nice name by the way. Nice reading, Truth.
    Now Truth is embarrassing you, ho. Enough is enough.

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  3. Josu

    What a great album!! I’m super happy for The Pink Print!

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  4. KEN.

    I really hope she got Jay-Z on the album, it’s only right..

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    Mandela Barb Reply:

    @KEN., Do you really want Jay-Z? She’s always said that she looks up to him as a mogul, emphasizing that over his music. Jay is cool, but his bars are boring.

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    KEN. Reply:

    @Mandela Barb,

    Yeah,
    Well this album is a reference to his classic rap album “the blue-print” so that’s why im hoping for it.

    He had been free-styling “Beez in the trap” at his tour so maybe he’s on it lol

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    KEN. Reply:

    I’m hoping for a “Foxy brown, Jay-Z – I’ll Be” vibe to the collaboration.

    Just Jay on the hooks.

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  5. Spaska Angelova

    What does that hook?
    “Hey, this guy does not get tired.” I’m just in love with him. It motivates me as a fighter. “She says. Hopefully a nice album.

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  6. KEN.

    It looks like Wayne is going to be on this album

    This album is truly shaping up to be a masterpiece, someone hold me :)

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    Raven-Symone Reply:

    @KEN., because Lil Wayne is on it… Um ok…

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  7. Truth hurts

    LOL, but female rappers already have a to go album thats been out for almost 20 years that female rappers study. Its called “HARDCORE’

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    Major Sushi Reply:

    @Truth hurts, Okay. Tell that to female rappers today to do the exact same beats from the 90s. I’m sure she’ll be successful.

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  8. Andy

    Love her.

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  9. LoveOnTop&Partition

    Nicki Minaj, Keri Hilson & Rihanna – Barz

    A New Song from her 2014?
    Hope that Nicki and Beyonce work together!!

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    Oh Reply:

    @LoveOnTop&Partition, Beyonce will never work with this Grammyless trashy hoe. Beyonce only works with people of quality ..

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    No-Name Reply:

    @Oh, that’s why Beyoncé was confirmed leaving Nicki’s studio. Oh… lmfao.

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  10. LoveOnTop&Partition

    Did you remember the Song ”Im Out” with Ciara or ”Boys” with Cassie i love her verses there she killed it!

    Now she work on a new project with Keri Hilson/Rihanna :)

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  11. Ricky

    I wanna see her do a song with FUTURE and Beyonce.

    Gotta happen

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  12. K

    Nicki doing her thing, can’t wait for the pink print,

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  13. mon88

    boring

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  14. greeneggz&H.A.M

    Nicki should hop on the Bigger Than Me Remix and snap just like Game did on Chi-Raq. I feel like a Game & Nicki collabo would be sick.

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  15. Umm Yeah

    @Mandela Barb, STFU MORON! You clearly don’t know anything about rap…

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    Mandela Barb Reply:

    @Umm Yeah, LOL, bitch I see you lurking down here like the fearful rodent that you are. Your comment is completely unprovoked and entirely not applicable to me so who are you really mad at? Continue to howl at the moon, wolf, for reaching me is something that you can never accomplish, yet reach you continue to do.

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  16. dongit

    this album is about to flop so hard.

    :(

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  17. Javis

    I’m agree w/ these collab ideas as well

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  18. HOVorJefe

    So did y’all really just watch a damn near 18 minute video just to hate??? smh
    #theyaintanickifanthentheyjustDEFDUMB

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  19. Bitches In Paris

    Love you Queen.

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