Nicki is a Grammy-nominated artist, one of the most popular female rappers in the world.
In 2015, she signed with RCA Records to make her debut album, The Life of Pablo, which was released in February.
Minaj’s career, however, wasn’t a quick success.
“It was a lot of pressure for me,” she says.
“I think it was very easy for me to get on the radio because I was very popular.
But it was hard because I had to be very careful with my own image.
And the image I had was not very positive.
And I felt very bad about that.”
Nicki was still in school when her record label dropped her album, which prompted Minaj to drop out of school, which also contributed to her dropping out of music altogether.
“But I was not out of my mind,” Minaj says.
She was living on her own for a while, and while she was touring in support of her album she found herself writing songs on the side, while also attending classes.
She dropped out of college, and she says she went to school and dropped out, “because I didn’t feel comfortable with who I was and how I wanted to live my life.”
“When I dropped out I was like, ‘I’m not going to do this anymore,’ ” Minaj tells Vice.
“And I had been on the internet all this time, and I was so comfortable with myself and what I wanted in my life.
And so, I had never really had to confront my issues with my family and with myself.”
Minaj left school with a degree in music production, and when she finally did get back on her feet, she found her music was nowhere near as successful as she had hoped.
“The biggest thing was that I was just so out of touch with my peers and I had this whole idea that I would be a pop star.
I was thinking that I could get to this place by just doing music, and it didn’t happen that way,” Minj says.
Minj was also facing an onslaught of criticism for being a black woman who performed in the industry, which Minaj is no stranger to.
“When we did our album, I was trying to be more visible and more diverse in my music, but I was also trying to just kind of be a real person and be a performer,” Minij says.
When she began working on her new album, Minaj knew she was going to have to work harder to keep up with the trends of the moment.
“What I’m doing now is the most hip-hop, pop, electronic music that I have ever written,” Minjam says.
And she has, with the release of her debut, which is out on March 7.
Minjam, who is now married to the rapper Ty Dolla $ign, says she feels that her new work has “earned my respect.”
“I know that I’m in a unique position as a black female artist in this country, and there’s a lot more pressure and a lot less respect for me in the music industry, and for black artists,” Minjer says.
The album, called The Life Of Pablo, has earned Minaj plenty of praise.
“People are like, You’re the biggest, most influential black woman, and you can be the biggest artist of all time, right?”
“Because you’re making this music and you’re putting your heart into it.
And people can’t believe that I put my heart into my music and I’m proud of it.
People can’t imagine that I am a producer and I have to do the work, right?
It’s really hard for me, because I don’t want to do it for a paycheck.
And that’s where I’m at now, trying to make it as good as possible for people.”