Nicki Minaj Won’t Back Off Musical Approach, Despite Criticism

The theatrics will continue as the rap star plans to make a “fearless” statement with her music.

Posted: 03/01/2012 11:04 AM EST

Fresh off her performance opening the NBA All-Star Game last weekend, Nicki Minaj spoke to MTV News about her theatrical style and what influences her to integrate skits into her shows, as she did at her divisive Grammy performance last month.

"That's just who I am. I was a theater major; I studied theater," she said. "It's funny because, even with the Grammys, that wasn't the first time I've done theater. Like “Moment 4 Life,” I did a skit [in which] I was pretending to be an old lady, Martha, when I did “Right Thru Me,” I did a skit. I always try to do that when I have the forum to do it."

 

Nicki, who has embraced a pop audience on recent songs like "Starships" while rubbing some of her hip hop fan base the wrong way, also spoke on what pop means to her.

 

"I guess I am pop just because what I'm doing seems to be popular," she said. "When people want to do what you're doing, it's kinda popular. I don't ask girls to wear pink hair; they just do it. It's not about black or white; I think it's just a statement. It doesn't matter which color you are; it's just a statement of being fearless." 

 

The Young Money star's new album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded is due in stores April 3.

 

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