Nicki Minaj is set to ring in the New Year with the cover of Rolling Stone, her first for the mag.
She bares massive cleavage in the shot by photographer Terry Richardson, while in the accompanying interview, the rapper speaks out about her break-up with longtime boyfriend ScaffBeezy (real name: Safaree Samuels), police violence against black men like Mike Brown and Eric Garner, and her sympathy for Kanye West.
The Rolling Stone issue hits newsstands on January 2. Below are excerpts:
On opening up about her personal life: “One of my goals was to give people a glimpse into my personal life, because it’s something I’ve kept very private. I had to learn to do something as simple as sleep alone. I struggled with ‘Do I express these feelings?’ And I decided there’s no reason for me to hide. I’m a vulnerable woman, and I’m proud of that.”
On “Anaconda”: “With a video like ‘Anaconda,’ I’m a grown-ass f*cking woman! I stand for girls wanting to be sexy and dance, but also having a strong sense of themselves. If you got a big ol’ butt? Shake it! Who cares? That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be graduating from college.”
On having an abortion: “I thought I was going to die. I was a teenager. It was the hardest thing I’d ever gone through. It’d be contradictory if I said I wasn’t pro-choice. I wasn’t ready. I didn’t have anything to offer a child.”
On her craft: “I hate when artists brag about not writing rhymes, or doing things really quickly, and then it’s not great. It’s ill when Jay Z or Wayne say it, because the results are great. When they’re not? Sit your ass down and figure out something new to say!”
On the deaths of Mike Brown and Eric Garner: “It’s sickening, and I’ve been reading so many people saying, ‘Why are we surprised?’ That’s what’s really sad: that we should somehow be used to being treated like animals. It’s gotten to the point where people feel like there’s no accountability: If you are law enforcement and you do something to a black person, you can get away with it.”
On Kanye West: “He was the unofficial spokesman for hip-hop, and he got torn apart. And now you haven’t heard him speaking about these last couple things, and it’s sad. Because how many times can you be made to feel horrible for caring about your people before you say, ‘F*ck it, it’s not worth it, let me live my life because I’m rich, and why should I give a f*ck?’ “