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Complex are back with the reverse cover for their October, November issue. Below’s a section of the interview, you can read it in full here.
Oh and check out the video from the photo shoot after the jump.
Where do all your different voices come from?
Nicki Minaj: I have no idea. I think Wayne kind of influenced that. He has always been really carefree when he raps and I was like, “I don’t have to stay in one cadence or stay in one tone when I rap—I can just do what I want.”
But you’ve been saying in recent interviews that you might tone down the voices.
Nicki Minaj: Sometimes the shit I say is over people’s heads and I feel like I need to dumb it down a bit so people can understand it. I think if I had said a lot of raps in a particular voice, people would go, “Yo, that shit was hard”—but when you change up your voice a little bit, they can’t see past that. And they’re lookin’ at me like, “This bitch is stupid”—and I’m lookin’ at them like, “No, bitch, you’re stupid.” [Laughs.]
So on your album and going forward, you’re going to mellow out on the voices?
Nicki Minaj: I definitely made a conscious effort to tone the voices down a little bit.
Did the label or management talk to you about it at all?
Nicki Minaj: Again, I run my empire. Does that answer your question? No one tells me anything unless I ask their opinion. No one can make a decision for you. Not if you’re the boss.
Previously : Kid Cudi Complex Magazine Cover (Oct/Nov)