All hail Her Minajesty. Nicki Minaj holds court on the cover of V Magazine for the second time. In the colorful photos, shot by Mario Testino, the “undefeated champion of hip-hop” gets dolled up in designer threads and rules her queendom.
The leader of the Barbz rocks a red dress by Guess, vintage beret, and Jimmy Choo heels as she poses alongside a statue in her royal garden and unleashes her inner pussycat in a cutout Balmain dress and leopard-print hat, gloves, and Manolo Blahnik heels.
As she gears up for the December 15 release of her third album The Pinkprint, the rap mogul speaks about maintaining her edge. “I always push the envelope, because I’m Nicki Minaj. I have to,” she said. “No matter who I’m on a song with, I feel like I have to say at least one thing that no one else is willing to say. Whether it’s Madonna, Britney, or Beyoncé, they always tell me, ‘Yes. Be yourself. Talk your shit.’”
She also shares her love for Versace, which she boldly wears in the photo shoot. “What I love about Versace is that it’s so rich,” she said. “Rap is a lot of showing off, and fashion is too. Versace is like, look at me, bitch. I’m here.”
The Winter 14/15 issue of V Magazine hits newsstands November 13. See more photos below.
Barbz rejoice. After months of waiting, Nicki Minaj has revealed the deluxe cover art for The Pinkprint. The third album from Young Money’s First Lady, which is now due December 15, has spawned the singles “Pills N Potions,” the Sir Mix-A-Lot-sampled hit “Anaconda,” and “Only” featuring Drake, Lil Wayne, and Chris Brown.
The simple, yet striking artwork features a thumbprint in pink ink (“It’s the key to my heart,” said Nicki) and was designed by Kanye West’s creative team DONDA, who did the artwork for Lil Wayne’s I Am Not a Human Being II and 2 Chainz’ B.O.A.T.S. II.
“This is actually the #Deluxe cover. I’ll post the standard cover at a later date. #ThePinkprintAlbumCover thank u to the Kanye West team,” she said.
Nicki hopes the follow-up to 2012′s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded will stand the test of time. “I think the album is so classic,” she told “The Breakfast Club.” “It’s gonna feel so good and I think it will probably be something that female rappers look to as a Pinkprint for years to come.”
Prior to the album’s release, Nicki will host the MTV EMA in Glasgow, Scotland on November 9.
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Some of your favorite stars got in the Halloween spirit and dressed up while partying across the country. The costumes ranged from the scary (Tyga) to silly (Iggy Azalea) to sexy (Nicki Minaj), and everything in between.
After dressing up as Janet Jackson the day before, Beyoncé transformed into Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, while Jay Z went as famed artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Rihanna and her gang of girls traded last year’s zombie chola costumes for something mean and green. She was Raphael while roaming the streets of New York with the rest of her Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Following her beef with Snoop Dogg, Iggy Azalea showed that she can laugh at herself, dressing as one of the characters from White Chicks while partying with J.Lo and Demi Lovato. “Bye haterzzzzz,” said Iggy.
Nicki Minaj got naughty, wearing a red bra and panties while biting into an apple. “And here I am going as the BAD TEACHER taking a bite out of the apple that the teacher’s pet gave me #ThotShitOnFleek,” she said.
Justin Bieber did the Shmoney Dance as a Power Ranger and Jhené Aiko had multiple costumes including Rainbow Brite and Pikachu.
There were plenty of couples costumes as well. Chris Brown and Karrueche went as Danny and Sandy from Grease, Bow Wow and his fiancée Erica Mena were zombies, and Ludacris and Eudoxie were supervillains Bane and Catwoman.
Kim Kardashian showed her love for fashion by dressing as Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, while her daughter North West was contributing editor André Leon Talley. Earlier in the day, North ran through the house in a skunk costume.
Fabolous and his family were creepy and kooky as the Addams Family, Kendrick Lamar channeled Jesus in the Bermuda Triangle, and Jermaine Dupri reigned over Vegas as the Pope.
From Mariah Carey as Mrs. Claus to Rita Ora as Barbie, check out a gallery of 40 celebrity costumes below.
T.I. has an ear for talent. The Hustle Gang chief, who signed B.o.B and Travi$ Scott, knew he was onto something big when he discovered a blonde Australian rapper named Iggy Azalea. Since then, Iggy has taken over the charts and become a global sensation, but Tip always saw it coming.
“As soon as I seen her, I seen it,” he told Rap-Up TV of his “Fancy” protégée.
He offers her advice, but she doesn’t always take it. “She has an incredible vision for herself,” said Tip. “She sees things that none of us can see. At the end of the day, the final say will lie in what Iggy Azalea feels is appropriate for her legacy.”
While she has experienced some bumps along the way, T.I. has been impressed with the way she’s been dealing with her newfound fame. “All in all, I think she’s handling herself like a G just simply because she’s not jumping off the Empire State Building,” he said. “With the amount of pressure being put on her, the amount of demands, and all the different directions she’s being pulled so many times a day, I think she’s handling herself very well and staying grounded and true to who she is.”
She’s been pitted against Nicki Minaj, but Tip says there’s no real beef, and even left the door open to a collaboration.
“That is something that me and Lil Wayne, we maybe could broker,” he said. “If Nicki agrees to it, I would definitely massage the ears of my young Azalean. She never had a real problem with Nicki. I think it’s just a female competition thing. And I don’t even think Nicki really, really has a problem with Iggy. I think they’re both like, ‘There’s only enough room for one bad bitch at a time.’ I think it’s more that than someone genuinely not liking someone else.”
While he works on bringing the ladies together, he is also trying to put together a Hustle Gang tour. “I’m trying to work on a B.o.B, T.I., Iggy Azalea, Travi$ Scott—I’m trying to do a Hustle Gang tour,” he said. “It’s very ambitious. We’ll see.”
After going platinum with “Anaconda” (which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100), Nicki Minaj is readying the follow-up to her Sir Mix-a-Lot-sampled smash. Her Minajesty has announced “Only” as the third single off her upcoming album The PinkPrint. It features a trifecta of superstars including Drake, Lil Wayne, and Chris Brown.
The song drops Tuesday, October 28. Nicki took to Instagram to reveal the illustrated artwork, which shows Young Money’s First Lady in a superhero catsuit, Drake as the pope, and Weezy in a suit and tie.
Her third album The PinkPrint is due November 24. “I think the album is so classic,” said Nicki, who will host the MTV EMA in Glasgow on November 9. “It’s gonna feel so good and I think it will probably be something that female rappers look to as a PinkPrint for years to come.”
This marks Drake and Breezy’s first collaboration since their infamous club fight in June 2012. The two were seen in the studio over the summer working on new music.