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Nicki Minaj Talks Her Sitcom, The War On Drugs, & More With Billboard

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Nicki Minaj is living on top of the hip-hop world at the moment. As one of popular culture’s most recognizable icons, she’s spent most of 2015 touring the world and standing tall on issues of race, sexuality, and gender in equal measure. Now, she’s covering the annual #1’s issue of Billboard magazine, and she sat down with the publication to talk about her gargantuan influence, her relationship with Meek Mill, and why she has to drop a new mixtape sooner rather than later. Check out some excerpts below and the full interview here.

On her upcoming ABC sitcom

“Well, I narrate this show, like Chris Rock narrates Everybody Hates Chris. It was little differences that made that show stand out. I want to have those nuances. My first day, I said to the casting director: “This will not be a clichéd black show.”

On The War On Drugs:

“What it has become is not a war on drugs. It has become slavery. Or something crazier. When I see how many people are in jail, I feel like, “Wait a minute. Our government is aware of these statistics and thinks it’s OK?” The sentences are inhumane. I love the president for trying to be a voice for people who no other person has ever tried to be a voice for.”

On Meek Mill & all those rings:

‘He and I are not engaged. But he said he would like to give me three rings before we get married. My birthday’s coming up, and he better get the new one, because he got [the first one] for my last birthday. So let’s see what happens.”

On why she has to drop another mixtape:

“Well, I want to touch a couple of beats that I wasn’t on. I could have bodied a lot of the records that came out in the last year. But the main thing is, I have to set an example for female rappers. I’m at the top of that food chain, and it’s important to lead by example. And because I came into the game doing mixtapes, I want to make sure women do not forget the importance of that grind, that walk up to the top. You can’t get there with a song. Because once that song is no longer hot, you’re no longer hot. It’s important that you are bigger than your music. Some fans are going to f— with me for the rest of my life because they know where I came from. Fans know my struggle. How hungry I was. That I was not settling, I was not giving up. I was on everybody’s beat. I was ruthless.”

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