Nicki Minaj Disses The Music Industry: “It Can Feel Like One Big Popularity Contest”
As one of the biggest female rappers on the planet, Nicki Minaj definitely has friends in high places. But the American Idol confessed to Teen Vogue that her days as a teenager were a totally different story.
“Every time my parents fought, my mother would have us move and I would have to go to a new school, which meant I’d have to face the task of making new friends. I dreaded it,” says the 30-year-old. “I had butterflies in my stomach each time: Are people going to like or hate me?…Sometimes there’d be a fight, sometimes not. I let people know I wasn’t going to be pushed around.”
Nicki is pretty in pink for the cover of Teen Vogue June/July 2013, shot by Sebastian Kim.
Oddly enough, the star admits that having to deal with different personalities early on in life was preparation for her future career. “People treat this business like it’s high school,” she confessed to Teen Vogue for the June/July 2013 cover story. “It can absolutely feel like one big popularity contest, and you know what? I can’t be bothered. I can’t allow myself to play ridiculous games with grown adults in the industry. I can’t be nice to someone just because they’re hot right now. I can’t do it.”
Nicki, who famously clashed with fellow judge Mariah Carey on this season of AI, now does her best to avoid haters and mean girls. “I used to read the bad things people said about me,” said Nicki. “Then I asked myself, ‘Why am I reading that when I have millions of people saying great things?’ You cannot give negativity power. I tell teens, if you’re having a problem, there’s nothing wrong with deleting your social media. If people keep taunting you and you keep reading it, it’s poison.”