While Rihanna covers Vanity Fair, Nicki Minaj graces the cover of another esteemed publication, The New York Times Magazine. The “world’s biggest female hip-hop star” dons asymmetrical blonde and orange wigs for the Andy Warhol-inspired shoot, photographed by Erik Madigan Heck.
During the interview, which reached explosive levels, she weighed in on the beef between Meek Mill and Drake (“It’s ridiculous. I just want it to be over”), and even addressed her own “beef” with Miley Cyrus, which played out on stage at this year’s VMAs.
But there was one question that sent Nicki over the top. The reporter asked, “Is there a part of you that thrives on drama, or is it no, just pain and unpleasantness.”
“That’s disrespectful,” replied Nicki, before getting out of her chair. “Why would a grown-ass woman thrive off drama?”
She continued, “That’s the typical thing that women do. What did you putting me down right there do for you? Women blame women for things that have nothing to do with them. I really want to know why—as a matter of fact, I don’t. Can we move on, do you have anything else to ask?”
She called the writer “rude” and “a troublemaker,” and told her, “Do not speak to me like I’m stupid or beneath you in any way,” before the writer said, “I don’t care to speak to you anymore.”
Read highlights from the hip-hop titan’s turbulent interview below.
On Miley Cyrus: “The fact that you feel upset about me speaking on something that affects black women makes me feel like you have some big balls. You’re in videos with black men, and you’re bringing out black women on your stages, but you don’t want to know how black women feel about something that’s so important? Come on, you can’t want the good without the bad. If you want to enjoy our culture and our lifestyle, bond with us, dance with us, have fun with us, twerk with us, rap with us, then you should also want to know what affects us, what is bothering us, what we feel is unfair to us. You shouldn’t not want to know that.”
On body image: “Back in the day, in hip-hop, the thick girl was glorified. Now the rappers are dating skinny white women. So it’s almost like, ‘Wait a minute, who’s going to tell the thick black girls that they’re sexy and fly, too?'”
On comparisons to Lady Gaga: “I don’t even want to discuss that. That’s so old to me.”
— NYT Magazine (@NYTmag) October 7, 2015
On her estranged father: “He was just abusive. I would always hear him yelling and cursing, always. And it made me feel it was the way to interact, because that’s how I saw him interacting.”
On her relationships: “Since I was 15, I came out of one relationship and went into another relationship. In my relationships, I’ve been told, ‘You don’t have to work that much.’ But I can’t stop working, because it’s bigger than work to me. It’s having a purpose outside any man.”
On Meek Mill vs. Drake: “They’re men, grown-ass men. It’s between them,” she said, adding, “I hate it. It doesn’t make me feel good. You don’t ever want to choose sides between people you love. It’s ridiculous. I just want it to be over.”