Nicki Mnaj has been on the scene and at the top of the rap game for nearly a decade.Whether the goal was creating the backdrop for more female emcees in a male-dominated industry to shine or breaking thru the proverbial glass ceiling and reaching mega stardom. Minaj has done it all,gracing the cover of the iconic magazine known as Marie Claire for their latest issue, the rapper harps on women’s goals and competing with big-time male rappers by explaining that she can most definitely create a career and empire for herself, just like any of male counterparts. Including Jigga
“I don’t need to read a book about [business]. I can look at someone’s career and just pinpoint the dos and the don’ts, and the one person I’ve done that with for my entire career was Jay Z,” she says.”He did such a great job being an authentic street guy and a businessman, and I was like, Why aren’t there women doing that, taking the success from rap and channeling it into their empire? I felt like anything he could do, I could do.”Minaj spoke on the issue of many women seeming to marry into money rather than creating a fortune for themselves, which she finds worrisome. “Nowadays, I feel like [young women] see marrying into money—I think that’s a big thing now. I don’t want that to be a woman’s goal in life,” she states.
“I want your goal in life to be to become an entrepreneur, a rich woman, a career-driven woman. You have to be able to know that you need no man on this planet at all, period, and he should feel that, because when a man feels that you need him, he acts differently.”Standing for female empowerment is what Nicki and her gal-pal, and Jay’s wife, Beyoncé are all about. The two artists have collaborated on several songs in the past including “Feeling Myself” and the “Flawless (Remix),” both of which quickly became anthems for women who enjoyed acknowledging their independence while being able to grove to a catchy tune.Nicki opens up about her friendship with Queen B, and it has everything to do with what these two represent.
“Every time Bey and I do something together, I see how women are inspired, and it has nothing to do with how we look. It has to do with how we are owning who we are and telling other women you should be the boss of your own career and the brains behind your life or your decisions or your art. I just love that feeling.”For more of Nicki Minaj’s interview with Marie Claire, pick up their November issue when it hits newsstands on Oct. 18.