Tuesday, 21 September 2010


Where do all your different voices come from?

Nicki Minaj: I have no idea. I think Wayne kind of influenced that. He has always been really carefree when he raps and I was like, “I don’t have to stay in one cadence or stay in one tone when I rap—I can just do what I want.”

But you’ve been saying in recent interviews that you might tone down the voices.

Nicki Minaj: Sometimes the shit I say is over people’s heads and I feel like I need to dumb it down a bit so people can understand it. I think if I had said a lot of raps in a particular voice, people would go, “Yo, that shit was hard”—but when you change up your voice a little bit, they can’t see past that. And they’re lookin’ at me like, “This bitch is stupid”—and I’m lookin’ at them like, “No, bitch, you’re stupid.” [Laughs.]

So on your album and going forward, you’re going to mellow out on the voices?

Nicki Minaj: I definitely made a conscious effort to tone the voices down a little bit.

Did the label or management talk to you about it at all?

Nicki Minaj: Again, I run my empire. Does that answer your question? No one tells me anything unless I ask their opinion. No one can make a decision for you. Not if you’re the boss.


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