Free­dom to claim her dues

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NICKI Mi­naj has a mes­sage for the haters and the pre­tenders to her throne. It’s all over her lat­est sin­gle Free­dom, her dec­la­ra­tion that she has busted open doors for fe­male rap­pers, given a few male singers an as­sist up the charts – and good luck match­ing her suc­cess.

Mi­naj has never pulled any punches in her songs or in front of cam­eras, so it seems odd she gets all coy about Free­dom’s mes­sage.

‘‘I just feel­ing a lot more . . . cen­tred, more of how I felt when I was com­ing into the game,’’ she says.

‘‘Writ­ing has be­come a di­ary for me and Free­dom is about what I’ve gone through the last three months. I don’t re­ally want to get into it.’’ Pressed, Mi­naj gives out. ‘‘I have done a lot. I hardly ever get the credit for it and it is what it is but I de­cided if you are not go­ing to give me the credit, I will give my­self the credit,’’ she says.

‘‘I have put in a lot of work, I have achieved so much and that is open­ing up doors for a lot of other peo­ple.’’

Now that she let her­self out of the ob­fus­ca­tion cage, let’s go there about her prickly re­la­tion­ship with fel­low Amer­i­can Idol judge Mariah Carey. Mi­naj adores our Keith Ur­ban and re­mains shocked at the feud with Gold Coast-bound singer Carey, which ap­pears to be on a sim­mer now.

‘‘To be hon­est, I thought we would go up there and have lots of laughs,’’ Mi­naj says.

‘‘When I worked with her be­fore (on the sin­gle Up Out My Face), we had such great chem­istry. We were both be­ing co­me­di­ans. So I def­i­nitely did not see this com­ing. We are pro­fes­sion­als and get the job done. Whether or not there will be any duets on Idol, I have no idea.’’

You have to re­spect the woman’s work ethic. In be­tween the long days of film­ing Idol, she has been fin­ish­ing off the lat­est edition of the Pink Fri­day record called Ro­man Reloaded Re-Up, aka the old al­bum with some new songs and a DVD.

Com­ing from the mix-tape world where there is pres­sure to put some­thing fresh out reg­u­larly, Mi­naj says she wasn’t pre­pared to wait un­til she had time to record her third al­bum be­fore is­su­ing new mu­sic to her le­gion of Barbz, also known as fans.

‘‘The ap­petite is dif­fer­ent in that world – you have to be ready to drop some­thing fresh as soon as you have it,’’ she says.

Her next chal­lenge is to match her pop con­tem­po­raries on the big stage for her Pink Fri­day Reloaded tour, which lands in Bris­bane next month. Just don’t men­tion a trapeze. ‘‘But no, I am not go­ing to be hang­ing from any­where,’’ she says.

Nicki Mi­naj and Tyga play the Bris­bane En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre on De­cem­ber 3. Tick­ets start at $99.90, with gold tick­ets at sil­ver prices.

Nicki Mi­naj heads to Aus­tralia with her


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