Nicki Minaj Covers Teen Vogue; Compares The Music Industry To High School

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Female rapper turned American Idol judge Nicki Minaj covers the June/July 2013 issue of Teen Vogue. Inside, she dishes on everything from the early stages of her career to comparing the music industry to high school. Below are some excerpts:


On the music industry being a lot like high school:

People treat this business like it’s high school,” she tells Teen Vogue. “It can absolutely feel like one big popularity contest, and you know what? I can’t be bothered. I can’t allow myself to play ridiculous games with grown adults in the industry. I can’t be nice to someone just because they’re hot right now. I can’t do it.”


On her parents fighting causing her to attend a new school, which forced her to make new friends:

Every time my parents fought, my mother would have us move and I would have to go to a new school, which meant I’d have to face the task of making new friends. I dreaded it. I had butterflies in my stomach each time: Are people going to like or hate me? … Sometimes there’d be a fight, sometimes not. I let people know I wasn’t going to be pushed around.”

On how her journey and early stages of her career began on social site, MySpace

My journey to who I am today began on MySpace,” she says. “I love getting real opinions from people.”

Photos Credit: Sebastian Kim | Teen Vogue

Spotted: New York Daily News

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