The first lady of Young Money, Nicki Minaj, will cover the upcoming issue of Vibe Magazine. In her Barbie-like cover story, Nicki talks about dirty rhymes and why she might limit her rap style in order to be taken seriously. "When I grew up I saw females doing certain things, and I thought I had to do that exactly…The female rappers of my day spoke about sex a lot . . . and I thought that to have the success they got, I would have to represent the same thing. When in fact I didn't have to represent the same thing…I'm not abandoning the funny voices. I just did a crazy tribute to ODB's 'Shimmy Shimmy Ya'…But it's coming up more with the album. I had a teacher in elementary who would stand on her table and whisper. We'd all turn around like, 'What is this lunatic doing?' But she would achieve what she wanted. She wanted us to stop talking and listen. I feel like I need to mellow it down so people can hear what I have to say."
Nicki Minaj – Talks About Dirty Rhymes