Nicki Minaj graces the cover of Billboard magazine and speaks out on her relationship with Meek Mill, shares her thoughts on Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and much more in an in-depth interview.
Always outspoken, the 33-year-old superstar rapper covers the gamut of topics and quotes are already going viral, as fans are eager to know what she has to say on our timely issues of the day. We can’t say she’s in the news because that would imply a time that Nicki Minaj was not in the news. Not quite the case for these past few years. And as the year comes to a close, Billboard interviewed her in depth for their cover story.
She has of late been dating 28-year-old Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill and she took the opportunity, when asked, to clarify that the diamond is not an engagement ring. She said, ” “Meek gave me that…He and I are not engaged. But he said he would like to give me three rings before we get married.” She went on to say, “My birthday’s coming up, and he better get the new one, because he got [the first one] for my last birthday. So let’s see what happens.”
She said they are getting relationship advice from Jay Z and Beyonce, and said “After our show at [Brooklyn’s] Barclays Center [in October], we had dinner together. They were so giving with advice. I love them so much. It was just a beautiful conversation to have with people we love and we look up to as a couple. They’re so strong.”
Asked what it is like to date a fellow rapper, and whether or not they share their music with each other, she said, “Meek doesn’t let me hear his music. Right now, he’s about to put out a mixtape, and I haven’t heard it. We laugh about this all the time. Just yesterday I was like, “Oh, am I going to get to come in and hear the secret music or not?” And he was like, “Not yet. It’s not done.” But I respect it because I’m an artist. I’m like that too.”
As for Hillary Clinton and her presidential bid, Nicki Minaj said, “I support her as a woman. Am I convinced that she should be the next president? I still want to be open-minded about everyone.” She went on to say, “Obviously, I identify with her struggles as a woman. I identify with the fact that when she’s in that room and there are nothing but men there — there’s sometimes something in her that must feel intimidated. But I think that she uses that and turns it into a strength.”
As for Donald Trump, she said, “There are points he has made that may not have been so horrible if his approach wasn’t so childish. But in terms of entertainment — I think he’s hilarious. I wish they could just film him running for president. That’s the ultimate reality show.”
There’s much more to the discussion, as Nicki Minaj shares her thoughts on living in L.A. versus living in New York City, her plans to release a mixtape and more. You can see the full interview here and see Nicki Minaj’s Billboard cover below!