After Nicki Minaj premiered her newest single, "Roman Reloaded," which features her boss Lil Wayne with Funkmaster Flex, she called in to Flex to discuss it.
She spoke on selling out, expanding her brand, and more.
Nicki says that she always planned to put out something "urban" after the release of "Starships" because "Starships was a monster."
She says that despite hip-hop's lack of love for "Starships," she still feels really good: "to be honest, I feel really, really good. I feel that Hip Hop cares enough that they have something to say. I remember when I was hoping that someone had something to say about me on the radio, or cared enough."
She also emphasizes the fact that she writes her own lyrics, and maybe "Starships," or the idea of her "selling out" would be a problem if she couldn't deliver records like "Roman Reloaded," but she can. Nicki continued, "So I'm good. I think people sometimes get blown away by the magnitude of the pop stuff, because the pop stuff, it reaches everywhere and then I feel like my Hip Hop fans or Hip Hop culture starts getting a little bit afraid that I'm going to leave. But this is who I am. I'm not going to change - I'm just adding on to my brand. And if you don't understand that, then it's probably why you don't travel and you don't see the world and I probably can't even have a conversation with you anymore."