Nicki Minaj Covers ‘Complex’ / Dishes On ‘The Pinkprint’, Retirement, Motherhood, & More

Published: Tuesday 18th Nov 2014 by Sam

Nicki Minaj is kicking the campaign for her new album ‘The Pinkprint’ into high-gear.

Fresh from releasing new tracks and shooting new videos, the Rap titan appears a-front of Complex Magazine in a edgy shoot lensed by Vijat Mohindra.

The enclosed interview is equally as engaging and sees the ‘Anaconda’ MC spill on ”Print’ (which she deems her most “personal” project yet), becoming a mother, retiring after her fifth album, and more.

Excerpts and more pics below…

Via Complex:

You’ve said The Pinkprint will be your most personal album yet. What are you addressing about your past and present that you haven’t before?

My family, loss, death, guilt…. I’ve struggled with a lot of guilt.

Guilt over what?

When you’re working and you’re busy and you’re successful, no matter what, something suffers, whether it’s your relationship with your mother, your relationship with your whole family, not being able to go to your brother’s graduation…. Certain things suffer and take the back burner, not because they’re on the back burner in your heart but because the world just moves so quickly. A lot of people, when they’re chasing their dreams, they have to leave people they love. A lot of artists feel that guilt but they don’t express it.


In 2012, when you spoke with Miss Info for your last COMPLEX cover, you said, “In five years, ideally, I’d like to be married and have kids.” This year, you said that the end goal is to make $500 million and do five albums. Would you retire after five albums and just have a family?

Yeah. I won’t use the word “retire” but I would use the word “vacation”—because I don’t believe in vacations, I don’t believe in holidays. I have to put out all six of my albums, contractually. After the fifth, I’ll probably have my baby. I wonder if I’m going to be one of those women who balances my child with a career. I always said, “When I have my baby, it’s going to be all about my baby.” I don’t want the child feeling like they don’t have all of my attention, so I always said, “I’m going to take a little break.” But we’ll see.

What’s your biggest fear?

That I’ll become so consumed with work that I’ll forget to live my personal life to the fullest. If I’m done with my fifth album and I don’t have a child by then, no matter how much money I have, I would be disappointed, as a woman, because I feel like I was put here to be a mother. I have definitely put off the wife thing because I don’t want people in my business. I’d rather not do anything that’s going to be on paper but I definitely will be married before I have my baby. I want to make sure I do it in that order. I’ve always felt like that since I was young; my mother always put that in my head. By the fifth album, I will have walked down the aisle and I will at least be on baby number one, possibly baby number two. [Laughs.] And have $500 million.


You faced a lot of backlash for the sexuality of the “Anaconda” video and artwork. A dad even wrote an open letter to you about it. What’s your response?

“Shut your stupid ass up. Bye, dad.” I laughed at it. But I also didn’t even know that that was happening.

Click here to read the full, awesome interview.

‘The Pinkprint’ drops December 15th.

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  1. Lady_Hamony November 18, 2014

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  2. LIL’ KIM IS THE G.O.A.T. November 18, 2014

    This stink pusssy h** continues to talk about being a mother just to copy Lil’ Kim who just had a baby. Shouldn’t Flopnika Garbaj worry about the fact that her man left her because he could no longer handle the dumpster juice-smelling pusssy that she always slayed him with? The Pink Slip will flop. This basic free lunch eating biitch would be nowhere without the Queen of Rap Lil’ Kim’s blueprint. The tables will turn on this thot soon! Her social security number has already leaked. Watch this biitch’s downfall. Watch God move!

    • truth (icki is the QWEEN OF PUSHBACK!! Iggy got her scuured honey. #IckiAFlop) November 18, 2014

      I see NO gotdamn lies!!!! PREEEEACH!!!!

    • JAS November 18, 2014

      Ctfu girl, Nicki has been talking about having a baby and retiring way before kim got pregnant. Why are yall so pressed over her damn? Everything she does, yall are RIGHT there ready to comment. Is it because kim is not satisfying yall musically? Nicki is literally NEVER mentioning lil Kim so why are yall always bringing her up? You look obsessed. And for your info, she left him.

      • LIL’ KIM IS THE G.O.A.T. November 18, 2014

        Flopnika’s entire career is a tribute to the Queen of Rap Lil’ Kim. Flopnika Garbaj can’t make a song without throwing subliminal disses at the throne. Flopnika Garbaj is a PRESSED BIITCH! Just because you dumbass fans are too dumb to understand subliminals doesn’t mean they don’t exist. Fuuck outta here.

  3. I hate truth(icki is the QWEEN OF PUSHBACK) November 18, 2014

    I’m rooting for Nicki to show these lessors what a true rap biitch, but she keeps disappointing me. Her album IMO doesn’t have a sense of direction, I mean what’s personal about Anaconda??? SMH. Britney said the same thing about Britney Jean,saying it was to be her most personal album, yet we got EDM rejects. Chiraq & LAN were promising, but she lost me with the rest of her singles. Guess we’ll find out after TPP drops to see if it’s really her most personal record. I think Nicki needs stronger femcees who can be successful commercially and critically, maybe then she’d be serious about her craft. All the best Nicki.

    • truth (icki is the QWEEN OF PUSHBACK!! Iggy got her scuured honey. #IckiAFlop) November 18, 2014

      Suck my p****

    • LIL’ KIM IS THE G.O.A.T. November 18, 2014

      Maybe it’s time to accept the fact that all you basics overrated that biitch. Yes, she gave you a few decent features, but she is not legendary. The fact is that Flopnika Garbaj has failed to live up to the hype. She can’t even develop her own swag. She has to jack from the Queen of Rap, Lil’ Kim. Flopnika Garbaj shot herself in the foot by coming in the game thinking she is going to be a better version of Lil’ Kim. History will remember her as a chick who had a little shine because she ate free lunch on Lil’ Kim’s dime. But she will never be considered a legend. Legends are original. They aren’t swagger-jacking frauds without a shred of originality.

      • Twitter: @OnikaBoss November 20, 2014

        You’ve typed Flopnika Garbaj so much I bet it’s an automatic suggestion in your phone. That’s a damn shame, LOL

  4. Mark111 November 18, 2014

    I think Nicki can’t handle competition. In the past, she could have ok songs because she was the ONLY female doing it. So in comparison, her having ok songs with ok success was huge, because no one was able to do it… ATthat time. Now that you have another “rapper” topping charts and top tens, some expect Nicki to do the same with ease. Even when you ccompare her career to the ladies in the past, she’s no better. Missy was huge and broke records, Hill had an art to her music. Kim was X rated (never commercial) and had the rap b**** title on lock, even Eve had commercial success with pop songs, tv shows and movies. So no, Nicki isn’t the queen of nothing and I think people are realizing that and it’s getting to her. Hint all these antics and stunts. She can’t handle competition and no matter how basic Uggly is, she IS Nicki’s competition. And Banks is coming at her with quality. Plus she’s 30 while the others are early 20s. Not hating, just calling it what it is. Karma when she called the rappers before her, old, washed and wrinkle face.

    • LIL’ KIM IS THE G.O.A.T. November 18, 2014

      EXACTLY! Flopnika Garbaj is just another rap biitch who was kinda successful. People try to pretend like everything she is doing has never been done before, but that is not the case. Missy and Lil’ Kim have outsold her and have more critical acclaim. Flopnika has no Grammy, no #1 single, and no critically acclaimed album. Her s***** second album can’t even sell a million copies after a rerelease. But she is supposed to be the best? Hahaha! People are delusional. Flopnika Garbaj would not have survived if she came out in the late 90s/early 2000s. She just doesn’t have the skill to compete. Iggy has proved that, because a little white girl from Australia came through and took her spot like, “Oops! I bumped ya!”

      • I love to get ‘2 On’ November 18, 2014

        It’s so sad to see humanity gone down hill, I look at what you saying and I smh coz this kind of obsession is just not healthy. Not even Lil cumm is this obsessed anymore and she used to be very. Maybe if I put it down for you in simple words you’ll understand, LIL CUMM WILL NEVER BE RELEVANT EVER AGAIN COZ SHE’S WASHED AND LOOKS LIKE A WAX DOLL. Stop trying to shove her ugly ass on our face coz she’s a total non-factor. Advice: Get professional help and I won’t say b4 it’s too late coz it already is.

    • November 18, 2014

      shut the f-ckup, you are feeling how you feel. and feel others are feeling the same way, not everyone sees things the way you do, not because you think the sky is yellow don’t mean it is.keep trying to replace nicki with that wack@** so so rapper, Nicki is doing her and you and others is obviously still doing y’all with that hating sh!t,nothing change Nicki is still success full ofter 5 years and is still getting better, and y’all is still here with that hating sh!t so sad and y’all part.

      • LIL’ KIM IS THE G.O.A.T. November 18, 2014

        Biitch, that h**’s second album still hasn’t reached a million copies! Hahahahahahaha! Flopnika Garbaj is TRASH!

  5. DanYiel Teflon November 18, 2014

    I also agree with you because Tricki GarBagh career was based of The “QUEEN BEE” I’m over her trashy broke GHETTO ASS TYRAID!!

    • LIL’ KIM IS THE G.O.A.T. November 18, 2014

      She won’t get to album #5. Karma always deals with swagger jackers like Flopnika Garbaj. And good luck to her having a baby. How would a baby be able to survive coming out of that gutter-smelling pusssy? It would be a miracle.

      • Twitter: @OnikaBoss November 20, 2014

        You continue to say over and over everyday she gonna have karma and fail. But every year she proves you wrong the more she becomes successful and the more she makes you look like an obsessed fool.

    • Me>>>You November 18, 2014

      Wait hold did you just call Nicki broke? Lmao

      Nicki $50 million

      Lil Kim $18 million

      Let that sink in.

      • LIL’ KIM IS THE G.O.A.T. November 18, 2014

        Lil’ Kim’s net worth is far more than $18 million. Cocaine money doesn’t register on the Forbes list, biitch! The Queen of Rap is worth WAAAAAAAY more than Flopnika Garbaj.

    • ontherun November 18, 2014

      “cocaine money” what a proud moment to reflect upon…

  6. TRUTH SERUM November 18, 2014

    Wow! Lil Kim stand the first to post on a Nicki article. If you guys supported your fave like this, she wouldn’t be doing the chittling circuit tours

    • LIL’ KIM IS THE G.O.A.T. November 18, 2014

      Biitch, the Queen of Rap Lil’ Kim has been in this game for TWENTY YEARS, and still gets paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to perform in arenas and tens of thousands of dollars to perform in all types clubs (that was confirmed by the recent TMZ leak). You can keep throwing your lame “chittling circuit” shade, but I promise you that Flopnika Garbaj will not have a career that lasts for 20 years. That biitch hasn’t even released album #3 and she’s already run out of steam because Iggy took the spot like “Oops! I bumped ya!” My fave is in the certified legendary lane. Your fave can’t even put out a critically acclaimed album, get a Grammy, get a #1 single despite working like a s**** on 48384838948389389 features and songs, and she can’t even sell a million copies of her second album. Flopnika Garbaj is DONE!

      • JAS November 18, 2014


      • I love to get ‘2 On’ November 18, 2014

        Perfoming in Arena?? B**** please Lil cumm could and would never be picked to perfome in any shitt… Well except for the nearest gas station.

      • Twitter: @OnikaBoss November 20, 2014

        The funny thing is that she doesn’t plan to have a 20 year career, but will still retire wealthier and 10x more legendary than Lil Kim.

  7. zolabn November 18, 2014

    she looks good..
    as I always say anybody that says I was a fan now I don’t like her is fooling his/herself..
    .so far I’ve loved does singles and only haters wud still not find sometin good in her….I know after the pink print sales her next era they would still say the tings…I Neva liked ha be4 but after HIGH SCHOOL I did and I like ha becos of the hate that u give ha and also ha talent

  8. Me>>>You November 18, 2014

    Ok this photos are slaying me hunty. I think she’ll be a businesswoman in the futurez. I mean she is tho.
    And I really don’t like the fact that lil Kim’s fans call Nicki a flop when clearly the last time kim had a top ten hit single was in 2004.

    • I love to get ‘2 On’ November 18, 2014

      You better spill that tea hun..

  9. TRUTH SERUM November 18, 2014

    F&$) the haters. Congratulations on your complex cover and success!! Hard will always pay off.

  10. TRUTH SERUM November 18, 2014

    *hard work

  11. zolabn November 18, 2014

    as an African, in Nigeria South Africa and other continent the truth is dat Nicki is the popular female artist u kind find and she is the only artist that can fill a stadium which am sure of ask tribeone festival in SA….here we don’t know any other female rappers (I kw cos I’m an Internet freak /bet awards)….I mean I love rihanna and Beyonce but I tink Beyonce souta can…I mean Ashanti and jarule came here I was ashamed for them…
    side note: almost all Nigerian artists got the name Nicki Minaj in their song and I’m not a barb

    • LIL’ KIM IS THE G.O.A.T. November 18, 2014

      Bwahahahahaha! Flopnika Garbaj can’t fill no stadium. Just like she can’t fill that stinking Grand Canyon hole she calls a pusssy, even if she put 50,000 d!cks in it. Fuuck outta here.

      • Twitter: @OnikaBoss November 20, 2014

        When was the last time Lil Kim headlined a Arena tour if ever? Never. When was the last time Lil Kim performed at the Super Bowl? Never. When was the last time Lil Kim got $700,000 a show on tour? Never. Sip your hate tea and stfu.

    • CATFISH CAREY November 18, 2014


      • LIL’ KIM IS THE G.O.A.T. November 18, 2014

        DRAG HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. JAS November 18, 2014

    I really dont understand why Kim stans are so pressed over Nicki! She has not mentioned that b**** in forever. Why cant yall just let it go damn! Yall are making Kim look so bitter! Yall probably wasnt even born when Kim was poppin Yall just wanna dickride someone who hates Nicki because you dont like her. EVERY SINGLE NICKI POST has kim fans so pressed. Do yall sit and wait for Nicki news because everyone pays kim duct if she’s not talking about Nicki? How many downloads does her trashtape have? Someone please respond because I have so much tea on Kim and her family lol yall just dont know who she really is which is why I stopped liking her. TEA TEA TEA! lol I will out tf outta kim!

    • LIL’ KIM IS THE G.O.A.T. November 18, 2014

      Biitch, why can’t your fave Flopnika Garbaj just wash her stinking pusssy? Why must she continue to torment the world with the smell every time she opens her legs?

    • TRUTH SERUM November 18, 2014

      Preach @Jas! And let the church say amen:)

    • I love to get ‘2 On’ November 18, 2014

      Spill huney, I’m so ready. Lil cumm stans should just lick that fish smelling cumm p****. She hasn’t washed ever since she had that baby. It’s not like she can afford water with her flopping so hard. #LilCummPussySmellsLikeRottenFish

  13. JAS November 18, 2014

    Since That Lil kim is G.O.A.T. b**** wanna keep going, here we go!
    1st piece. Dont talk about opening legs when kim would f*** the drug dealer next door to her for money to buy clothes. You need names and addresses? Im telling yall I got all the tea! lol I love how yall cant figure out who I am. I could be ANYBODY!

    • LIL’ KIM IS THE G.O.A.T. November 18, 2014

      Focus on how Flopnika Garbaj admitted that she sucked Lil’ Wayne’s c*** to get to the top. Focus on the fact that we have proof that Flopnika is a thieving b****. Her mugshot is online with her social security number that has made her credit score drop more than 100 points. Every news outlet is reporting it (except here). Hahahahahahahaha!

      • Twitter: @OnikaBoss November 20, 2014

        “Focus on how Flopnika Garbaj admitted that she sucked Lil’ Wayne’s c*** to get to the top” You sound like a f****** fool. The only truth in your comment is her having a mugshot, and there is no valid information proving what the mugshot was for.

  14. JAS November 18, 2014


    • LIL’ KIM IS THE G.O.A.T. November 18, 2014

      Awww… I’ve got you pressed. Hahahahahahaha! Mission accomplished.

  15. JAS November 18, 2014


    • LIL’ KIM IS THE G.O.A.T. November 18, 2014

      These pathetic Bum barb biitches! I’ve got them pressed with the facts about their fave Flopnika Garbaj! I WIN. YOU LOSE!!!!!!! Bwahahahahahahahahahaha!

      • I love to get ‘2 On’ November 18, 2014

        Ummh No, you just getting your ass dragged by the barbz and even that illiterate Truth can’t save you now. Nicki >>> lil cumm

  16. zolabn November 18, 2014

    saying, she has competition is true but again saying she can’t handle it is ur thought…and saying she can’t have top ten easily is a lie cos she is highest female rapper chart position on bb100 BANG’ …..fancy was at number 1 for 7weeks and am not those pple that says itz cos of pop cos that’s being bias but remember that fancy has not sold up to super bass and starships and is not even streamed up to them….but u hold in mind that NICKI MINAJ broke records but Iggy matched records

  17. AmbeRussell November 18, 2014

    I just find it funny, nicki Minaj has yet to have another female rapper on her record. She is all for female empowerment, when it comes down to HERSELF being a boss or sexuality. But, he has yet to make a song with Trina or eve or rah digga or any female rapper. Thy all have connected in some way in the past we other it was a feature with all of them, they remixing the same song together or appearing in another female rapper’s video. Nicki has not DIRECTLY helped out any female rapper with her career. So anything she does will seem a lot grander bc there is no one to compare it to. She was compared to females from 10 yrs ago, when female rappers were still breaking down doors to get some shine and be equal with the Britney’s of the world.

    • LIL’ KIM IS THE G.O.A.T. November 18, 2014

      POUR DAT TEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. NiCKI WILL SLAY November 18, 2014

    She should be so proud of what she has accomplished thus far.
    I hope she takes time out to appreciate that.

    I like how Beyonce will take time out during during tours to hit up the beaches of whatever country/continent she is visiting.
    I hope Nicki gives herself some vacation breaks during her next tour. She deserves it.

  19. TheElusiveLamb November 18, 2014

    Well my fav is worth over $520 million and has 7 albums that havE sold 10+ million and she’s not retiring, nor taking a vacation (anymore). With this music game right now, nothing is solidified anymore. No one can take breaks, because the GP just forgets about you.

    • LIL’ KIM IS THE G.O.A.T. November 18, 2014

      That biitch knows that her time is up. She’s just making excuses for her downfall that she knows is coming and Iggy and Azealia Banks taking the spotlight. Mariah lasted for DECADES because she could compete with the best. Mariah outsold all her fellow divas when the competition was the toughest. Flopnika Garbaj can’t even compete with Iggy. Imagine if she had to compete with Kim, Missy, Eve, Foxy and Da Brat. That biitch would have been the Kreayshawn of the 1990s. Back then, biters were dissed and dismissed, not celebrated because they were hot, so Flopnika couldn’t have had a rap career in the 1990s.

      • I love to get ‘2 On’ November 19, 2014

        Still liking your own comments I see. What a thirsty bittch!!!

  20. Bey-Minaj November 18, 2014

    Awwww I’m just loving how the Lil Kim Chow fans are seething mad up in huuure! I mean Nicki si winning, she is the Queen of hip hop and you will alll deal. Her crown remains intact and no Australian is gonna change that. Theses other b****** are gonna have to come much better.

    • LIL’ KIM IS THE G.O.A.T. November 18, 2014

      Seething mad? No, biitch. We’re telling the truth. The only person seething is the bum barb biitch in the earlier comment posting lies about the Queen of Rap Lil’ Kim. I bet Iggy’s pusssy doesn’t stink like Flopnika’s garbage pail pusssy.

      • Bey-Minaj November 18, 2014

        U been sniffing Nic’s crotch??? Get off her c*** you bum b****. And oh how about u stop using Nic’s punchlines. Why not use Kim’s. Oh my bad, no one will know what the hell you talking bout and just may diss u for your weak rhymes.

  21. facts November 18, 2014

    Kim fans are delusional! They trying to make Lil Kim happen? She has had her time, and won’t get it back. Nicki is a GLOBAL star!The they hate the more Nicki will WIN!

    • LIL’ KIM IS THE G.O.A.T. November 18, 2014

      Flopnika can’t sell a million copies of her second album. Global star, her prosthetic as$…

      • TRUTH SERUM November 18, 2014

        The irony bod your last statement. a Kim fan shading some one for an “alleged” fake ass. What a bum biitch

  22. Realest November 18, 2014

    Miss E.So Addictive> The PinkPrint

    La Bella Mafia> the pink print

    Broken Silencs> the pink print

    Skorpion> the pink print

    Kids bop 12> the pink print

    • melly November 18, 2014

      your s***** existance<the pinkprint

    • LIL’ KIM IS THE G.O.A.T. November 18, 2014

      Every Kim album >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The Pink Slip
      Every Missy album >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The Pink Slip
      Every Eve album >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The Pink Slip
      Every Foxy album (and I hate that h**) >>>>>>>>>>>>>> The Pink Slip

  23. Rosie November 18, 2014

    This mess will be less personal than Roman Retarded.
    Also this is Complex’s worst cover this year. Like mess at that ugly ass wig. They should’ve used the second picture. They usually do good with spreads, wtf.

  24. I love to get ‘2 On’ November 18, 2014

    But Lil cumm’s p**** stinks worse, she hasn’t wash ever since she gave birth on a trailer. Her puzsy smells like rotten fish and it’s a miracle her baby even survived that horrific and stinking smell

    • LIL’ KIM IS THE G.O.A.T. November 18, 2014

      You have to still my reads because you’re too dumb to make your own. You know Flopnika Garbaj’s pusssy smells like rotten eggs and decomposing bodies. Fuuck outta here.

      • I love to get ‘2 On’ November 19, 2014

        Like you steal Nicki’s punchlines punchlines?? Bittch you so thirsty and you getting your ass dragged up and down this post but you still think you stand a chance. Now go and dig a big hole in the graveyard to put that rotten fish you call your fave.

  25. I love to get ‘2 On’ November 18, 2014

    Lil cumm is old and lookin towards her grave so y’all cumm stans better stop making her relevant and start booking her place in the grave yard for ugly old cuntss like her.

    • LIL’ KIM IS THE G.O.A.T. November 18, 2014

      Biitch! Flopnika is only 8 years younger than The Queen of Rap Lil’ Kim. By age 29, Lil’ Kim was a certified hip hop legend with three platinum albums, a Grammy, a #1 single, and the Queen of Rap. Flopnika Garbaj is 32 and is only on her second album which cant sell a million copies. Bwahahahahahahahaha! Iggy is slaying game at the age Kim was slaying in 1996. Flopnika Garbaj came in the game as an old h**!

      • I love to get ‘2 On’ November 19, 2014

        It’s a joint Grammy b****, it’s not even hers. But you tried it though.

  26. Barb B**** November 18, 2014

    I just love this woman. And she’s slaying the cover. This lil Kim the f*l*o*p person is so pressed it’s hilarious, it might actually be the cow herself.

    • LIL’ KIM IS THE G.O.A.T. November 18, 2014

      You dumb bum barb biitch! You mad I’m dragging your fave with receipts!

  27. xedos November 19, 2014

    she’s trying way too hard she’s not photogenic

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