The DOS and DON’TS of boss­ing up No-non­sense rap­per Nicki Mi­naj is shar­ing her takecharge se­crets with you

No-non­sense rap­per Nicki Mi­naj charted her own course to the top. Now she’s shar­ing her take-charge se­crets with you.

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how did Nicki Mi­naj, 35, go from brash young singer and wearer of over-the-top cot­ton candy wigs to the most-charted fe­male rap­per in history? The Trinidad-born artist op­er­ates in one mode: un­apolo­getic woman in charge. Her fierce con­fi­dence has, over the years, earned her the re­spect of rap­per-pro­ducer Lil Wayne, who helped her land a record deal with record la­bel Young Money En­ter­tain­ment, and, no big deal, six Amer­i­can Mu­sic Awards, 10 Grammy nods and some big-name en­dorse­ment deals (Mercedes-benz, TIDAL, M·A·C).

Now, with the re­lease of her fourth al­bum, Queen, , she has her sights set even higher: “I want to be a mogul,” she says.

A mogul? That’s sig­na­ture Nicki mo­ti­va­tion. Who doesn’t want to have a lit­tle of what she’s hav­ing? Lis­ten in on her per­sonal DOS and DON’TS. DO have a clear vi­sion I wanted to take my time with [my new al­bum] and show peo­ple I was ca­pa­ble of mak­ing some­thing peo­ple could d re­ally re­late to. Jay-z has al­ways been a role model be­cause he in­spires peo­ple to be­lieve they can go from sell­ing drugs to be­ing one of the most cel­e­brated busi­ness­men of our time. That’s what I want to do for young girls. To say, “It doesn’t mat­ter where you started in your life. You too can be­come a mogul.” ” DO ig­nore la­bels

I used to be so hurt by the way women are la­belled com­pared to men, it would just make me so an­gry. I would work around pow­er­ful men all day, and their at­ti­tudes were hor­ri­ble, but a man just gets a pass. He gets The Man Pass!

The Don­ald Trumps, Kanye Wests and Lil Waynes can have a bad day, they can be dis­re­spect­ful, ar­ro­gant and cocky, and at the end of the day we laugh at it. With a woman, it’s al­ways like, “Ex­cuse me, how dare you?” But I’ve al­ways been a ‘where there’s a will, there’s a way’ kind of per­son. I know I’m as great as the great men in hip-hop. And I think, se­cretly, they all know it, too! Don’tdress DON’T dress for any­one but your­self I like look­ing more toned down now. I haven’t been do­ing it for other peo­ple; I’ve been do­ing it for my­self. I do think when peo­ple see you look­ing more toned back, they take you more se­ri­ously. But women should do what makes them hap­pi­est and strong­est.

I wore my colour­ful wigs to meet­ings with mil­lion­aires. I was a busi­ness­woman clos­ing hu­mon­gous deals even when I had pink hair. DO the the work your way We don’t have a lot of women who have a huge voice in hip-hop, so the odds that a man in hip-hop will sit down and lis­ten to Queen in its en­tirety are not in my favour. You just have to do your work and some­day, hope­fully, you’ll get the credit you de­serve. And if I don’t, I have a lot of in­ner peace with my own work, be­cause I know that I pushed my­self and this al­bum came out just the way I wanted it. It’s im­por­tant that at some point in your life you re­ally fo­cus on your ca­reer, al­most to the point of in­san­ity. You’ll never get this time back. You have to want it so bad that you wake up in the morn­ing and you think about it, live it, breathe it, eat it and see it all day. Af­ter you’ve ac­com­plished a cou­ple of things, then take a mo­ment. Work and work for those first years, and then come out of the ma­trix a lit­tle bit and take a hol­i­day. Don’to­b­sess DON’T ob­sess over per­fec­tion When I was record­ing my song ‘Chi-raq,’ I went into the record­ing booth and I just did it in this re­ally low, mono­tone voice, my chains mak­ing noise on the mic. Then I went back in and tried to make it per­fect. And you know what? I went back to the orig­i­nal. Give your­self some room to make a mistake and have fun. The less pres­sure I put on my­self, the more I leave my­self open for mag­i­cal mo­ments. DO ig­nore bad ad­vice I al­ways knew that I loved singing. If some­one had told me, “Don’t sing on your rap al­bum,” I would have re­gret­ted it. Al­ways ask: what are their mo­tives? It’s up to you to know who you are so that you can put all the ad­vice you get to­gether, sleep on it and make a de­ci­sion you’re go­ing to stand by. It’s bet­ter to fail hav­ing fol­lowed your heart than to fail based on some­one’s empty ad­vice. Say “Thank you” and keep mov­ing.

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