(Photo: Complex Magazine, December 2014 / January 2015)
The PinkPrint represents more than just a third album for Nicki Minaj, it’s her most personal yet. In the cover story for the Dec. 2014/Jan. 2015 issue of Complex magazine, Minaj explains that the upcoming release differs from her last two projects in that she digs a little deeper.
“My family, loss, death, guilt,” the Trinidadian rapper says of the topics she tackles on the new album. “I’ve struggled with a lot of guilt.”
The guilt comes from not being with her family. “When you’re working and you’re busy and you’re successful, no matter what, something suffers, whether it’s your relationship with your mother, your relationship with your whole family, not being able to go to your brother’s graduation…
Between living in L.A., and her busy schedule, the 31-year-old isn’t able to be around for her family as much as she’d like. “I wake up in the morning, I can’t just run across the street and hug my mother, hug my little brother, kiss my little brother or older brother," she said. “I have to get on a six-hour flight to see them, and then, even when I go to New York, I’m lucky if I can see them for a couple hours.”
Even if she can’t be around, Minaj is generous when it comes to her loved ones. One of her first big purchases when she made it big was a house for her mother.
The PinkPrint drops Dec. 15.
Elsewhere in the interview, the Young Money rapper talks paparazzi, her greatest fear, and how "Anaconda" was really a joke for her besties.
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