Nicki Minaj Talks Hillary Clinton, Meek Mill in Billboard Year-End Cover Story
There's no denying that Nicki Minaj is a megastar. With another successful album and tour under her belt, she has ruled the charts as much as she's picked up the awards. With all the big things that happened for her in 2015, it only seemed like a likely choice to put her on the cover of Billboard magazine's year-end issue.
Unlike past covers that presented head-to-toe shots, this one is a little bit more intimate. Not only is it a portrait from the bust up, but the Queen Barbz goes topless for it. The 33-year-old rhymer is more focused and happy, just look at the massive ring from her boo, Meek Mill.
Minaj's interview was just as strong and candid as her intimate shot. From politics to television, the rap superstar was open enough to discuss the topics that came up but made sure not to reveal too much. She applauded President Barack Obama for visiting the prisons to talk to men who are incarcerated with long prison sentences. Minaj also commented on Donald Trump's "childish" delivery during his presidential campaign.
And although she admitted that she's currently keeping an open mind regarding who to support in the next election, she relates to Hilary Clinton as a woman.
"I support her as a woman," Minaj told Billboard. "Am I convinced that she should be the next president? I still want to be open-minded about everyone. 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. Because that’s what I’ve always done," she continued. "And so I love her for sticking it out. She has gone through horrifying things, even within her marriage. She has been brave and weathered the storm. And continued being a boss. That’s something that every woman should feel inspired by, no matter if you’re voting for her or not."
Politics aside, Minaj also spoke about her New York way of rapping. "The way I focus on metaphors and punchlines -- that’s a very New York, Philly, East Coast thing," she said. "When I started, we were very battle-driven, so every line mattered. We had to try to destroy your life, and we were ruthless and very smart with wordplay. To make anything with a double meaning, you’ve got to be smart."
The Grammy-nominated rapper also talked about the TV series she's working on with ABC, which Nicki admits she is becoming "too involved."
"I am maybe too involved," she said. "Two days ago I was in casting. I’m going back tomorrow. I found one girl who I’m obsessed with who might play me, and someone who could rival her. So I’ve been coaching them both. I do a beat, let them rap. I do little dances with them. It has been magical. I didn’t even know I had it in me, but I love children so much."
You can read Nicki Minaj's entire interview at Billboard.com.