While most artists may record dozens of songs while working on a studio album, Queens, New York rapper Nicki Minaj says she only recorded about 25 songs while recording her upcoming album, The Pinkprint.
According to the Young Money rapper, who recently chopped it up with V Magazine for the publication’s “Queen Of Rap” story, she prefers to focus on songs she’s passionate about rather than record a large number of songs.
“Maybe about 25. I know some artists do, like, 100 songs,” Nicki Minaj said. “But with me, I really don’t like to put my energy into anything that I’m not in love with. If I love it and if it really sits with me, then I mold that one particular record for a while. My biggest problem with this album, believe it or not, is finding out what the hell I can lose, because all the songs are so freaking special and they all mean something. There are songs I know I have to cut that I know my fans would be in love with. It’s getting more strict! The record companies want to go back to putting ten songs on albums, but I always do different genres of music, so if I put out an album of ten songs, my fans would probably kill me!”
Minaj also addressed the criticism she received over her “Anaconda” music video. She specifically spoke on critics of the video who aren’t familiar with the Hip Hop community.
“If a man did the same video with sexy women in it, no one would care,” she said. “You’re talking about newspeople who don’t even know anything about hip-hop culture. It’s so disrespectful for them to even comment on something they have no idea about. They don’t say anything when they’re watching the Victoria’s Secret show and seeing boobs and thongs all day. Why? Shame on them. Shame on them for commenting on ‘Anaconda’ and not commenting on the rest of the oversexualized business we’re a part of.”
Another topic the Young Money rapstress discussed during her interview with V Magazine was her recent physical transformation.
“It’s a very natural transition for me I’ve already done crazy,” Minaj said. “I always thought that at this time in my career, for my third album, I would be wearing my real hair. And it goes so well with The Pinkprint! The name of the record is obviously derived from Jay Z’s The Blueprint, which is something scaled back and getting down to the essence of how things are built. I’ve stripped myself down. You’re seeing me, you’re seeing my face, you’re seeing my hair…you’re seeing my soul! There are songs on the album where I am going back and forth saying, Do I release it to the world? Is it too personal? But I think it’s important for my growth, in the same way that having a natural look is important for my growth, so people can get to know me as a person.”
Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint album is currently scheduled for release on December 15.