Four years after starring in “Nicki Minaj: My Time Now,” Nicki Minaj returned to MTV to share the next chapter in her story in “Nicki Minaj: My Time AGAIN,” her second of three documentaries for the network.
During the 60-minute special, the rap queen chronicled the emotional and liberating journey to her third album The Pinkprint. She took fans behind the scenes of rehearsals for the MTV VMAs and the drama surrounding it, including the infamous snake bite and her wardrobe malfunction during “Bang Bang.”
Fresh off the stage, Nicki shared her disappointment. “How much of a failure am I? I just ruined Jessie J’s performance,” she lamented. “I don’t like to be unprofessional. I don’t like to not get my job done.”
“I don’t like to be unprofessional. I don’t like to not get my job done.”
She also responded to critics who say she staged the wardrobe malfunction. “I don’t need attention. I would never do that.”
But she did receive some encouraging words from Beyoncé. “She was like, ‘Respect. As an entertainer, I gained so much more respect for you from the way you handled that.'”
The 32-year-old MC also returned to her hometown of Queens for a day. She got her nails done at her favorite nail shop Poly Nails and spent some quality time with friends and family.
“This business changed people that I really love.”
There were some emotional moments as she opened up about her breakup with her boyfriend of 11 years, Safaree Samuels. “You feel like this business changed people that I really love—and it’s like scary,” she said. “They start worshipping material things and forgetting about just good old-fashioned love and trust and stuff like that.”
The heartbreak made for her most personal album yet. “I was really, really broken writing [The Pinkprint],” said Nicki as she wiped away tears. “The brokenness is OK as long as it can inspire people.”
“I was really, really broken writing [The Pinkprint].”
We also got to see Nicki in the studio mixing her album and proudly rapping along to some of the songs. She called out rappers for not properly doing their jobs.
“Most people don’t rap no more. Most people ain’t even tryna spit. Everybody is getting by being fraudulent. Everybody is getting by being half-assed. Everybody’s getting by not pushing their pen. Do you know how many times I think to myself, why did I just rewrite this verse, when everything on the radio is a bunch of wack verses.”
“Most people don’t rap no more…Everybody is getting by being fraudulent.”
The highlight of her year was seeing The Pinkprint go to iTunes. “It felt like the biggest sigh of relief that I took in the last year, and it just signified accomplishment and it signified completion and joy and success,” she said.
Watch the full documentary below.