Want to irk Nicki Minaj? Try telling her that she sold out by singing pop.
In a recent interview with the UK Guardian, the Young Money rapstress offered her reaction to critics saying she did just that. Minaj told the publication that her singing isn’t anything new.
“It’s the most bullshit thing I’ve ever heard—you like me only when I was doing rap. I never only did rap,” Nicki told the Guardian. “My first single was called ‘Your Love’ and it was a pop song. I did a song called ‘Knockout’ with Lil Wayne about three years ago. Nobody said anything about that. Why?’”
Nicki went on to offer that the only reason critics are getting on her case about singing now is that “Starships” blew up into a big hit.
“That’s what irritates me,” Minaj continued. “People always want to talk about who I was, but I’ve always been singing, always been experimenting with pop music. So the fact that it got huge one day, should I apologize for that?
“Should I apologize that Starships and Super Bass did well, and children like them, and Middle America can sing along?” she added. “There’s nothing wrong with that. I’m just broadening my fan base. I think everyone should enjoy music.”
For all the critics that want to hear Minaj spitting and singing less, though, her sophomore album, Pink Friday…Roman Reloaded, does have plenty of straightforward raps, as heard on tracks like, “Beez in the Trap” and “I Am Your Leader.”
Other offerings from the Guardian interview, include Nicki stating: “I have bigger balls than the boys.”—Jakinder Singh