Nicki Minaj has always been about the bars.
Since the early aughts, Nicki Minaj has proven time and again that she can spit mad bars. Amidst the haters trolling through comment sections and Twitter feeds in an attempt to spoil her much-anticipated homecoming, the Queens-bred rapper stepped off her throne to prove she's still an industry icon. From flexing her skills on wax with the recent dual release of "Barbie Tingz" and "Chun-Li" to stuntin' courtside at Andre Ingram's Lakers debut, Minaj has reaffirmed her position at the top still at the top.
Stopping by Beats 1 Radio with Zane Lowe on April 12, the 35-year-old rapper was surprisingly open about her current position in the industry, waxing poetic about her dedication to writing her own bars and the true labor of love that is her new, yet-to-be-named followup to 2014's The Pinkprint.
"I really make music. I really write my own music, and have been my writing my own music since the day I stepped in the game. And I never stopped. And I co-produce. I think when people see the documentary they will understand," said Minaj, referring to both a current documentary that she has in the works and Safaree's recent claim that he co-wrote all of her best bars. "Because Jimmy [Iovine] was like 'People need to see this, Nick. People don't know this about you, and they should know.'"
Alongside her dedication to writing her own rhymes, Minaj is a perfectionist when it comes to the finished product. "The quality of this album is at such an all-time high that if I have do it again, just to make the little final touches on the album, then I'll do that. Because what's most important is that people get quality music," said the self-professed Queen of Rap.
"And for the record, I rewrite things all the time. Somebody came to my studio the other day, and I asked Juice, my engineer, 'I need a masters. What version is it, Juice?' He goes 'Version 16.' And the person sitting there said 'Version 16?! What the fuck...' Yeah, because I'm a perfectionist. When I write something, it's never done until the moment it comes out; the moment you hear it. And you can ask everybody. You can ask Lil Uzi [Vert]; you can ask Yo Gotti; you can ask Diplo. I rewrite all the time, because that's just what Nicki Minaj do, ya dig? I love perfection."
Just because she's sharing a category with Cardi B's allegedly ghostwritten bars and Bhad Bhabie's uncomfortable swagger for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, doesn't mean Minaj is not in her prime...Optimus.