It's not hard to get your way when it's your way or the highway. People either follow suit or they're not around. I don't really like the sound of that, 'cause that sounds like a temper tantrum. I'm just very black and white when it comes to my business. There's really no gray area.
I would be lying if I said I don't like to look sexy. But then there are some days when I don't want to look or feel sexy.
Dear God, I am only what you made me and I appreciate everything that you gave me, but like, I don't want to do it any more, sort of lost sight of what I'm doing it for.
I mean you're so shy and I'm lovin your tie
You're like slicker than the guy with the thing on his eye.
Well my name Nicki and it's nice to meet ya, if you really wanna know I'll give you my procedure. Got a whole bunch of pretty game in my clique, and we looking for some ballers: alopecia.
Shawty Imma only tell you this once, you the illest
And for your loving Imma die hard like Bruce Willis.
Really I peeped dude at the bar like really
Lookin like he want a good time like really
Said he had a friend for my homegirl Lilly Lilly Lilly Lilly.
Boy you got my heartbeat runnin away
Beatin like a drum and it's comin your way
Cant you hear that
Boom badoom boom boom badoom boom bass
He got that super bass
Boom badoom boom boom badoom boom bass
Yeah that's that super bass.
When I was a girl I creeped in the boys locker room
Hide deep inside, it was my little creep stalker room
As they disrobed I was oogling and oggling
Little did they know that for me they were modeling.
I don't know if the secret of life is to find love, but I do think one of the secrets of life is to embody love.
My rule is, whatever you were calling me four years ago is what you should be calling me now, because I don't like it when my family or close friends call me Nicki Minaj. To me I'm not Nicki Minaj when I'm with them.
We all love to see women on top, and as the record shows, this next powerful woman is always on top. She does it all by living for love.
They could never make me hate you. Even though what you was doing wasn't tasteful.. Even though you out here looking so ungrateful.. I'm a keep it moving, be classy and graceful.
See I need you in my life for me to stay
No no no no no I know you'll stay
Oh no no no no don't go away.
I never thought I'd love nude lipstick, but I really do. I just feel sexier. Less is definitely more.
I can't see myself without pink lipstick. I can go without it for a couple of days, but if there was no more pink lipstick in this world, I'd be useless. Seriously.
I can always remember standing up to the baddest girls in my elementary school. Wherever I went, there was always a mean girl, and that girl would always hate me because I wouldn't bow down.
You like me, you don't like me, you love me, you hate me. I'm gonna be me, but one thing I have to back it up is skills.
Self-righteous and entitled but they swearin' on the Bible that they love you
When really they no different from all your rivals.
Please you can never compare to me, all these b****es is scared of me. I am who they couldn't even dare to be.
People always want to talk about who I was, but I've always been singing, always been experimenting with pop music.
I don't have to do things just to please people. It's okay to do what I love because what I love, my fans love. And they're really the only ones that should matter.
I think sometimes the fashion world isn't even about clothes anymore; it's about this 'in' crowd, and I'm not into that.
Like to me, I did the 'Harajuku' stuff. I did the crazy stuff. And now I kind of want to tone that back, and it's not toning my personality back, it's just showing like I don't only have to do that.
I feel like my entire career and life, I've been judged by people who did not really know me. I definitely think that they probably were right to assume what they had assumed about me, because there was such little to go on out there.
When I get up in the morning and put on a pink or a green wig, I see myself as a piece of animation. It lets me be the person I want to be, a person who's not embarrassed to have fun.
Sometimes I wake up in the morning and I am like, 'This is a high-top day' or 'This is a bob day,' but when I get my clothes on that's when I see.
I happen to be a pessimist, and maybe that's a good thing because I don't stop to smell the roses -- which is not a good personal thing. I don't stop and enjoy those moments... Always on to the next and never in the moment.
I can rap in a London accent, make weird faces, wear spandex, wigs, and black lipstick. I can be more creative than the average male rapper.
I've always been the type of person to make everybody happy and get things done. I want everything to be 100% perfect.
My wigs are ever changing in height, width, color, size. They make me feel happy. Wearing them makes me feel like I can be a different person every day and that is kind of exciting.
I do have a few personalities. When people started making a big deal out of it, I started making names for these people.
I say nice things about Mariah all the time. I tell Mariah all the time how much of a fan I am of her. She's one of my favorite artists of all time... She's shaped a generation of singers.
People face difficulties, no matter who you are. I faced difficulties with a lot of things. I face opposition every day, but I didn't kill myself and now, thank God, I'm here.
I went through a lot of bullying early on. Girls made my life a living hell. We had come to America from a different country. My brother and I had accents. It was very tough.
My goal in the beginning was to buy my mother a house. Now I realize, okay, if I really focus and become a key player in business, then I can build an empire.
I think one of the things I was shocked about was how interested the world is in 'American Idol' and how people, writers, they write about 'Idol' all the time, and I guess I didn't expect that.
My goal the whole time has been for people to see me as a stand-alone artist. I came out with Young Money, the biggest hip-hop label in the world at the time. And then it was, 'How do I branch away from Lil Wayne?'
I look at rap as an opportunity to act. My head is full of different characters -- in each song I'm auditioning a character.
Female rappers get it the hardest. You have to be a girl, yet you have to be just as hard as the guys. I think some female rappers get scared out of the business before they can make it.
I don't mind being called a weirdo. There are a lot of people in hip-hop who are probably never going to get what I do. But, by just being myself, I end up touching a lot more people who might never have paid much attention to a female rapper.
As a little girl growing up in Southside Jamaica Queens, if anyone would've told me I'd have my own perfume one day, and be able to inspire young black girls everywhere, to go into Macy's or Nordstrom's and see their face staring back at them -- I wouldn't believe them.
I don't agree that everyone should agree with everyone's lifestyle. I think that some people aren't going to agree, but I think that when you're mean and when you ridicule people it's a sign of your own insecurities.
You wanna know what scares people? Success. When you don't make moves and when you don't climb up the ladder, everybody loves you because you're not competition.
I want to show little girls that the possibilities are endless. That's my goal -- to not only do it for myself, but to show them I can do whatever I put my mind to.
My advice to women in general: Even if you're doing a nine-to-five job, treat yourself like a boss. Not arrogant, but be sure of what you want -- and don't allow people to run anything for you without your knowledge.
I think most artists will experience a lot of negative people on Twitter but, thank God, I've got so many followers that I'm not able to see them that much. I'll see some from time to time but, for the most part, I always focus on something good.
I can't see myself without pink lipstick. I can go without it for a couple days, but if there was no more pink lipstick in the world, I'd be useless. Seriously.
But, by just being myself, I end up touching a lot more people who might never have paid much attention to a female rapper.
I'm a role model now. I didn't know I was gonna have 13-year-old fans, so I've tried to change a few things here and there. But I also know that the girls don't want me to be Miley Cyrus, either.
I've always been intrigued by color and by interesting hair. I was one of those weird little girls doing my own hair at the age of 9. I was, like, getting weird gels and new brushes and cornrow holders. I would tweak and perm at the age of 13.
You have to know that as long as you love who you are -- your morals, your values, that type of stuff -- you're OK.
I hate formal stuff. I love looking like a doll and all that stuff and playing dress up, but when I'm home, sweat pants, t-shirt. When I'm in the studio, sweat pants, t-shirt.
I've constantly tried new things, even as a child, and have always been obsessed with pink. Now I'm just a little more ladylike and fearless. You should never feel afraid to become a piece of art. It's exhilarating.
I don't want children cursing. I'm very strict on my nieces and my little brother. They have to listen to clean versions of music. Even my music.
I want people -- especially young girls -- to know that in life, nothing is going to be based on sex appeal. You've got to have something else to go with that.
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