After Nicki Minaj stepped to Miley Cyrus at the VMAs and then went radio silent, we were pretty sure she’d never address the situation publicly again. That changed today and, after a flippant – but justified – dismissal of writer Vanessa Grigoriadis – during an interview for The New York Times.
Take a look below as Minaj speaks candidly on her issues with Cyrus, the Cash Money v Wayne fiasco, and the beef hear round the world between boyfriend Meek Mill and Drake.
On Her Reaction To Miley Cyrus’ NYT Interview:
“The fact that you feel upset about me speaking on something that affects black women makes me feel like you have some big balls. You’re 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.”
On Drake v. Meek and Baby v. Wayne:
“They’re men, grown-ass men. It’s between them. I hate it. It doesn’t make me feel good. You don’t ever want to choose sides between people you love. It’s ridiculous. I just want it to be over.”
Unfortuntely for the interviewer, one slip of the tongue resulted in a precarious test of Minaj’s patience when asked it she “thrives off drama.”
“That’s disrespectful,” Minaj said, drawing herself up in the chair. “Why would a grown-ass woman thrive off drama?” Oh but wait, there’s more:
“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 do I thrive off drama?”
She continued, “That’s the typical thing that women do. What did you putting me down right there do for you?” she asked. “Women blame women for things that have nothing to do with them. I really want to know why — as a matter of fact, I don’t. Can we move on, do you have anything else to ask?” she continued. “To put down a woman for something that men do, as if they’re children and I’m responsible, has nothing to do with you asking stupid questions, because you know that’s not just a stupid question. That’s a premeditated thing you just did.”
Now to her credit, Grigoriadis understood her gaffe and attempted to clarify, but the damage was done. Nicki is well aware of the drama that surrounds her world, but she refuses to be defined by, or dragged into it.