Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj Talks First Acting Job, Mariah Feud, & 'Big Crazy Barb' on 'Leno'

  /  01.14.2013

Nicki Minaj

With only two days left until the premiere of “American Idol,” Nicki Minaj paid a visit to “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on Monday. Looking grown and sexy in a short dress and pink blazer, the outspoken rapper discussed her new day job, reflected on her early career, and recalled auditioning at LaGuardia High School of Music & Art.

She told Jay about her first acting gig, where she was paid $750. But despite her charm, she wasn’t able to steal the spotlight from her co-star, who was a porn star.

If she was president of the United States, the self-described “aggressive” driver’s first order of business would be to legalize illegal U-turns.

The topic inevitably turned to her feud with fellow “Idol” judge Mariah Carey. “It definitely isn’t a fake feud,” said Nicki, who called the pop diva one of her favorite artists. “A lot of it starts out that we’re just joking, but we’re passionate and we’re both crazy. And then sometimes it just goes rarrr!”

She admitted that she has a temper, but she left it behind in 2012. “I’m on the road to recovery,” laughed Nicki.

She also spoke about the crazy “Idol” auditions and one of her favorite contestants, a girl she nicknamed “Big Crazy Barb.” Tune in to the two-night premiere on Wednesday to find out why Nicki is “obsessed” with her.



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