The Young Money queen is on the female empowerment tip and is too busy to tour.
In a recent interview withÂ MTVÂ News, Nicki Minaj revealed that she's too busy withÂ business ventures andÂ preparationÂ for her third albumÂ to set out on her usual summerÂ tour.Â SheÂ hasn't taken a realÂ break from the road since 2010.
"I really would love to, butÂ I don't think I'll have the time, because I'm also going to be launching a few products this year that I'm really going to have to lend myself to the clothing line,Â I have a drink that's about to come out and these new speakers that you guys are going to see a commercial for this week or next week,"Â she said.Â "So I have a lot of things that the business side of me has to work on, and I also want to be here so I can write. I obviously am going to start working on the third album very, very soon. I'm getting beats as we speak. I just haven't started writing, but that's my biggest priority at this point."Â
The NYC emcee also took the opportunity to discuss her beginnings with YMCMB and theÂ challengesÂ female artists face in a male-dominated musicÂ industry:Â
âWhen I started being around Young Money, Wayne thought I was shy, but it wasnât that I was shy, I just didnât want anybody to think I was easy...Â No matter what my lyrics were saying, when I got around these guys, I was a prude, because I didnât want anyone in this game to ever be able to say âI had sex with herâ or âwhen she needed a deal, she had toâ¦â No.Â And âtil this day, not one single man in this industry can say that and I pride myself on that. Thatâs the only bit of advice I would give the up-and-coming female rappers. You could be as sexy as you want, but just maintain your dignity around these guys.â
Minaj hasÂ sold millions of records at this point, and serves as a judge onÂ American Idol.Â She's starting her own clothing and drink lines and is releasing aÂ speaker called the 'Pink Pill' in collaboration withÂ Beats By Dre.Â As such,Â she's setting her sights high: âI want to be a female rapper turned mogul,â she said. âI want to be the female Jay in terms of how he carved out his business" she said. But MinajÂ feels that some female emcees before her may not have had the sameÂ opportunity: "I just feel like maybe whoever was in their circles didn't really help them be all that they could be and I just decided to change that.â
As for all the young female emcees out there?Â
âI always feel like any female rapper thatâs doing their thing thatâs able to make a name for themselves or able to garner fans or whatever, Iâm a fan of you,â sheÂ said. âBecause I know how hard it is. Like I was doing shows for 200 people and Iâm proud of that. So when I see these girls doing it, Iâm proud of you. Whether you hear me say your name specifically or not, I'm proud of you.âÂ
Stay tuned for more information on Minaj's third album, and watch the official video for 'High School' with Lil WayneÂ below, as well as behind-the-scenes footage of her 'Pink Pill' commercial shoot:Â