While discussing the rap diva’s recent run-ins with singers Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift, writer Vanessa Grigoriadis took a wrong turn when she asked Minaj if she secretly thrived off of the drama. Nicki responded by ending her interview early, but not before strongly giving Grigoriadis a piece of her mind.
“That question is disrespectful,” Nicki reportedly responded. “Why would a grown-ass woman thrive off drama?” Having earlier been asked about the beef between her mentor Lil Wayne and Birdman and her boyfriend Meek Mill and Drake, Nicki thought it odd the interviewer would ask if SHE thrived off drama.
“What do the four men you just named have to do with ME thriving off drama?” she asked. “Why would you even say that? That’s so peculiar. Four grown-ass men are having issues between themselves, and you’re asking me if I thrive off of drama?”
Nicki then went into feminist mode, calling Grigoriadis out for her bias. “That’s the typical thing that women do. What did you putting me down right there do for you? Women blame women for things that have nothing to do with them. I really don’t know why.”
Nicki then brought the interview to a complete halt, calling Grigoriadis a “troublemaker” whose question was “rude” and “premeditated.”
This was actually a pretty good interview before things went left. Sadly, much of what Nicki had to say will be overlooked in favor of highlighting her discourse with the interviewer. Still, I’m including my favorite excerpts, many of which call out the hypocrisy of demeaning and devaluing the black woman’s natural body, while glorifying the body of those who seek to emulate us using artificial means.
‘‘People’’ — famous people, she means — ‘‘are posting pictures of working out, and then there’s a change in their body” most likely from plastic surgery, “and they say it’s because they were working out! Ah-hahahaha.’’
‘‘Back in the day, in hip-hop, the thick girl was glorified. Now the rappers are dating skinny white women. So it’s almost like, ‘Wait a minute, who’s going to tell the thick black girls that they’re sexy and fly, too?’’’
“The fact that she [Cyrus] felt upset about me speaking on something that affects black women makes me feel like she have some big balls. She’s in videos with black men, and you’re bringing out black women on your stages, but you don’t want to know how black women feel about something that’s so important? Come on, you can’t want the good without the bad. If you want to enjoy our culture and our lifestyle, bond with us, dance with us, have fun with us, twerk with us, rap with us, then you should also want to know what affects us, what is bothering us, what we feel is unfair to us. You shouldn’t not want to know that.”