Nicki Minaj will grace cover of the new issue of Billboard Magazine, who name her "the Lady GaGa of hip hop." In the accompanying interview, Nicki talks about life before she signed her deal with Lil Wayne's Young Money label. "The last job I had was as an office manager in a little, tiny room where I literally wanted to strangle this guy because he was so loud and obnoxious," Minaj recalls. "I would go home with stress pains in my neck and my back. That's when I went to my mother and said, 'Look, I'm not going back to work.' I'd been fired like 15 times because I had a horrible attitude. I worked at Red Lobster before that and I chased a customer out of the restaurant once so I could stick my middle finger up at her and demand that she give me my pen back. I swear to God I was bad."
The 26-year-old rapper goes on to talk about her unique style. "When I started rapping, people were trying to make me like the typical New York rapper, but I'm not that," Minaj says. "No disrespect to New York rappers, but I don't want people to hear me and know exactly where I'm from. I wanted the album to be universal and versatile. It really feels like it speaks for every one of my personalities." (Check out the entire interview at Billboard.com)
Nicki Minaj – Q & A With Billboard