Check the full spread from Nicki Minaj’s feature in the February/March 2012 issue of Vibe.
On constantly reinventing herself:
“Before I started working on Roman Reloaded, I was thinking about that. And I realized it’s all such a natural transition. I am running with new looks now, but I didn’t plan on it. I’m always switching it up, so when I finally finished the tours and I came home and I relaxed, I just started feeling a certain way. And depending on my mood is when I change my hair up. So the mood that I’m in right now, it caused me to change my hair and change the style a bit too. And it just happens to coincide with the new album. But it wasn’t something that we said, ‘Hey, new album coming out we have to reinvent ourselves,’ because everyday is a reinvention.”
On her confidence:
“I don’t know, probably a collection of different things. I couldn’t really sum it up to one thing. I just know that I’m having a lot more fun that time.”
On whether Pink Friday’s success solidified her musical presence:
“I think I had the most growth outside Pink Friday. My features really gave me the most confidence because i used the features to play around a lot. Once I’m having fun, the lyrics are the simplest thing to come up with.
On whether’s she intimidating:
“I would say that people are cautious of that way they come to me. I’m just about my business. So when I meet people, it doesn’t matter how big of a celebrity they are, I maintain who I am. I maintain respect for myself. So I very rarely come across anyone who disrespects me because I respect myself. I don’t go around acting in a way that people would ever get it twisted with me. If that means they’re intimidated by me, then so be it. I’d rather people be intimidated than to be too comfortable.”