As she continues work on her third studio album alongside Pharrell Williams, Nicki Minaj has found herself on the receiving end of love, signed sealed and delivered by ‘Royals’ star Lorde.
Find out why the ‘Tennis Court’ belle cites the Rapper as one of her biggest inspirations, below…
In a penned for New Zealand‘s Sunday Star Times, Lorde shared:
“Lots of people ask me if being a female in the music industry is difficult. I think in some ways it is. Nicki Minaj spoke in this brilliant video that you should all watch, taken while she applied her eyeliner, about sexism in the industry. Nicki complained about the poor quality of a photo-shoot, and received this wave of aggression and insult.
“If I am assertive, I’m a bitch. If a man is assertive, he’s a boss. No negative connotation behind bossed up!” Truth is, if Nicki doesn’t complain about a bad photo-shoot, people working with her assume those low standards are acceptable, but if she does complain it’s very hard for her not to be pegged as a diva, which I think is one of those music industry double standards that has hung around far too long.
I identified with her so strongly when I saw that video – I know what it’s like to walk on set and demand something of quality, and feel people thinking, ‘Oh, we’ve got a piece of work here.’ That’s just me trying to protect my image and my name. I sometimes think if I were a male musician, the reaction to such a basic request would be different.
There’re parts of this industry that are ******, for sure. I’ve missed more birthdays this year and let more friends down than I can count; I’ve grown accustomed to 4am wake-up calls and sleeping on command; sometimes my boyfriend and I get photographed in the street when we just want to have time that doesn’t belong to other people.”
Lorde‘s debut album ‘Pure Heroine‘ hits stores October 9th!