Nicki Minaj on the War on Drugs: “It Has Become Slavery. Or Something Crazier.”


Nicki Minaj has had a pretty cool year: she won a VMA, her album The Pinkprint has spawned hit after hit, and she’s working with ABC to develop a show about her childhood. All of this and more is covered in her fairly massive interview over at Billboard, where Minaj talks about that ABC show, her opinions on police profiling (“It has become slavery”), and also dives into her Meryl Streep fandom. Of the famed actress, she says, “She blows me away in just about everything she does. My dream would be to have that type of acting career, where I can do both things believably.”

There’s a lot more to glean in the interview, as Minaj goes on to discuss Hilary Clinton,

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. Obviously, I identify with her struggles as a woman.

her reading of Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise” at “Shining a Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America,”

It was the most spot-on poem that Nicki Minaj could have ever read. But there was one lady, an older black woman, who said, “She shouldn’t be reading that poem.” And she discussed how I dressed. I love that she said that, because she doesn’t even realize the poem is discussing sexiness, owning your sex appeal. “Does my sexiness upset you?/Does it come as a surprise/That I dance like I’ve got diamonds/At the meeting of my thighs?”

and Beyoncé and Jay Z, who provided insight to the world of being a celebrity couple to Minaj and boyfriend Meek Mill: “They were so giving with advice. I love them so much.”

The entire interview is certainly worth a read, as Minaj is given the opportunity to take her time and express her opinions — a thing that some probably thought was an impossibility, given this other…abridged profile.