Nicki Minaj can’t leave rap alone.
As 2019 comes to a close, the Queen reflects on the past 12 months, which included her marriage to Kenneth Petty and the launch of her Fendi collection.
“I love music and interacting with fans, so I can’t really see taking myself completely away,” she tells the magazine. “But I want to be open to other possibilities in my life. I do believe it is important to become a woman outside of the magnifying glass. I have to make sure that I’m well-rounded as a human being.”
Mrs. Petty is planning to expand her empire, which includes her MYX Fusions liquor brand. “I plan on venturing out a million times more than I am now,” she says. “That was always my goal: to become a big businesswoman. I don’t want to be in such a lucrative industry and not capitalize on it — everyone else does it.”
She also reflected on the success of Queen Radio, which broke the record for most-listened to show of the year on Apple Music.
“It’s another thing I didn’t expect to be so big. I went in blindly: ‘I’m just going to get on the mic and talk to my fans. It can’t be that hard.’ But it takes a lot of energy,” she says. “You have to be willing to be very honest and have a backbone. Queen Radio is beginning to set trends as well. There’s definitely going to be a lot more artists running into that [lane] really soon. If I can get it to a place where everyone looks forward to it every time, then I feel like I’m doing the right thing.”
Additionally, the rap icon shared what advice she would give to a young, hungry MC from Jamaica, Queens. “I would tell her to calm down!” she laughs. “But then again, if I knew that I was going to raise the bar, maybe I wouldn’t have gone that hard. I wouldn’t change anything, to be honest. My drive and hunger is what made me become the workaholic that I am. Everything was just spontaneous — I didn’t know what to expect, it was more fun that way.”