Nicki Minaj Covers The New York Times Magazine / Slams Miley Cyrus

Published: Wednesday 7th Oct 2015 by Sam
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Nicki Minaj may be winding down the campaign for her current album ‘The Pink Print,’ but the fiery femcee is still in the spotlight and ready to scorch.

Case in point her new feature in ‘The New York Times Magazine’.

Beyond the striking ‘Culture Issue’ cover above, the Young Money maven lands a jab at Miley Cyrus in her accompanying interview.

Details below…

As many will recall, the pair clashed over comments try-hard Cyrus made about Minaj heading into the MTV Video Music Awards.

Speaking on the rapper’s claims that she was shunned from the Video of the Year category because her ‘Anaconda’ video celebrated Black bodies instead of the mainstream “norm,” Cyrus suggested the femcee didn’t properly use the moment to discuss race and gender in the music industry. Instead, she claimed Minaj made the moment about herself.

Following her on-screen clap-back at the August ceremony, Nicki elaborates on her issue with the singer in her new interview. She told the ‘Times:

“The fact that you [Miley] feel upset about me speaking on something that affects black women makes me feel like you have some big balls. You’re in videos with black men, and you’re bringing out black women on your stages, but you don’t want to know how black women feel about something that’s so important? Come on, you can’t want the good without the bad. If you want to enjoy our culture and our lifestyle, bond with us, dance with us, have fun with us, twerk with us, rap with us, then you should also want to know what affects us, what is bothering us, what we feel is unfair to us. You shouldn’t not want to know that.”

The sass didn’t stop there. Onika had words for the actual interviewer conducting the piece. When questioned about whether she “liked” the drama between boyfriend Meek Mill and Young Money comrade Drake, she said:

“That’s the typical thing that women do. What did you putting me down right there do for you? Women blame women for things that have nothing to do with them. I really want to know why — as a matter of fact, I don’t. Can we move on, do you have anything else to ask? To put down a woman for something that men do, as if they’re children and I’m responsible, has nothing to do with you asking stupid questions, because you know that’s not just a stupid question. That’s a premeditated thing you just did.” {Source} 

Yikes!

As for the Miley comments, we’re in total agreement with Nicki.

Society may have advanced vastly, but race and racism (both in its literal and liquid forms) are still very much a reality for many. It’s a sensitive topic and one that shouldn’t be drawn on for promotional purposes – especially when the person (i.e. Miley) isn’t informed.

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  1. Everyone’s A Critic October 7, 2015

    The truth.. Nicki overreacted with the anaconda snub cos honestly the song and video is forgotten, but what she said is true. I’m tired of white people enjoying our culture when it suits them but ignoring our struggles.
    How can you be a white rapper in hip hop yet not understand the hardships of black life, can IGGY answer?
    How can you twerk and sing our music but not appreciate the origins of that, Can Miley answer?

    White people. Founders of everything that was already founded elsewhere

    • Everyone’s A Critic October 7, 2015

      And they reap the benefits and awards of this appropriation.
      Miley tweaks and gets number one
      IGGY ‘raps’ amd has the song of the year and best hip hop artist nominations and awards

      I’m DUMBFOUNDED

    • You tried ??????!? October 7, 2015

      Hunni you have to stop putting BLACK women down first before you speak on the industry being fair! I’ve yet to see her stand 100% with a black women in this industry besides Queen Bey and we all know that’s at the top of every artists Collabs list

      • Ciah’s Turtle October 7, 2015

        Come thru with the Cover mothaaaa !

    • You tried ??????!? October 7, 2015

      “The Culture Issue” and she looks like some weird ass Asian woman from the future ! Lol but she defending black women’s respect SMH Mediocre at its BEST

      • Everyone’s A Critic October 7, 2015

        Can she help that she has indian Caribbean heritage. And if Miley can wear braids representing america, why can’t nicki wear a wig representing american fashion. After all, if she were to do the natural look, and by natural I mean black natural, she would be dropped from that cover REAL QUICK and that’s the sad issue

    • Peace Warrior October 7, 2015

      Can I just shout out David for what he did for that little boy who was being bullied on Facebook, there was a news report about it in my town. Mad respect.

    • ChakaYonce October 7, 2015

      This is for those people who want to pretend that we live in a post racial society. YouTube Joy DeGruy Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome and you will see why people get angry when people like Azealia speak about racism.

      • truth(nicki the reason A.I. is cancelled and Meek playn ha!!) October 7, 2015

        Huntea, nicki is a fake whoore. She talks about our black women plite(cause im a woman..a sissy but a woman hunny) and bleaches her skin and wear wigs and faje colored eyes CHILE BOOM!!

  2. SCHEISSETHRONED(GRAPEJUICEKING) October 7, 2015

    Great cover! I love her song Bad Romance… so talented!

    • Ciah’s Turtle October 7, 2015

      lol tried it

    • truth(nicki the reason A.I. is cancelled and Meek playn ha!!) October 7, 2015

      Biitcb

  3. JanStan October 7, 2015

    I like her response for the most part. But she doesn’t seem to get the Miley thing. Miley didn’t say to not speak on racism, she was saying that getting a music award was irrelevant to the race issue. As if getting a nomination would have meant that racism didn’t exist. I detected no lies about Mileys statement. As for the reporter glad he done got put in his place lol

    • Lil Kim thee ONLY QB October 7, 2015

      You are forgetting Republicans. The main group against gay relations. The rate of blacks being opposed to gays is gradually decreasing each year due to the deaths of the older generation but the rate of Conservative dislike is at a constant because of political traditions.

    • Naomi’sEdges October 7, 2015

      What nicki is saying, is that miley (being white) should not negate an opinion of a black person who is feeling discriminated against.

  4. KING October 7, 2015

    i find it funny when black people want to talk about the racism that they are facing without talking about the racism and homophobia they have towards others.

    • Everyone’s A Critic October 7, 2015

      That’s true. Black people should apply their own feelings of mistreatment and oppression to the gay issue and sympathise. However, we cannot deny that homosexuality has been (and still is) a taboo in ALL cultures. It takes time and the movement is happening, but you can’t force people to like something, only to accept it and be tolerant

      • JanStan October 7, 2015

        I agree there’s improvement but the same could be said about the issue of race then. That you can’t force people to like black people only to be accepting and tolerant of them, because theres obviously something wrong with their even existing. Does that sound valid to u?

      • Everyone’s A Critic October 7, 2015

        As long as that ignorant view doesn’t affect me doing the same things any other person can do, I AM FINE. You can hate me in your mind and in the comfort of your home but out on public we must be TOLERANT. I don’t ever want to be liked by strangers, I don’t care. As a gay black male, all I can ask for is that you look past the things I have no control over and judge me based on me as an equal human being

      • JanStan October 7, 2015

        I see what you’re saying, and agree, but it sounded like u were making excuses for the rampant racism, and homophobia especially, in the black community. While it may be true that homophobia may be common across cultures, the racism that has been, and continues to be inflicted on blacks is not common across cultures. As such there is NO excuse for blacks to be that way other than VOLUNTARY bigotry.

    • Lil Kim thee ONLY QB October 7, 2015

      Look first off this article is about Nicki and she definitely supports gays. Secondly you saying “black people want” is just plain prejudice because that statement is untrue. I agree not all black people support gays but some do. You can say the same exact thing about any other race facing appropriation of some sort. This tea party has ended, you are dismissed lesser.

      • JanStan October 7, 2015

        There are only a few groups who’s majorities are unsupportive of gay rights. Evangelical Christians and blacks. That’s a fact. So the OPs intention is valid.

      • Everyone’s A Critic October 7, 2015

        I’m sorry that anything of substance is too much for your primitive mind to process. If you wanna talk about nicki looking fleek or start a Stan war, come out of OUR thread.
        JanStan and I were speaking so I believe YOU are dismissed

    • ChakaYonce October 7, 2015

      Let’s not. Black people have a hard time equating their oppression to the oppression of gay people because the latter is trivial when compared to what black people go through. The only gay people that face oppression are openly gay people. I can’t hide the fact that I’m black in a racist world can I?

      • JanStan October 7, 2015

        U just exemplified the problem better than I could have ever described myself: “The racism issues I’m facing are (supposedly) worse then theirs therefore it follows that my bigotry and homophobia is justified”. Really? I appreciate your post but that’s such a dead end position that further discussion isn’t even needed.

      • JanStan October 7, 2015

        I will say one thing to u and let it be. At THE VERY LEAST, a black person faces racism along with their families who can relate to their struggles and go through it together, gay people on the otherhand have to face it ALONE. If u can’t comprehend that then there is nothing more to say to u.

      • ChakaYonce October 7, 2015

        No. What I am saying is that black people face a systematic and long running battle with racism. Gay people have not. Put it this way. A black woman couldn’t walk into a room full of violent racists and leave unscathed. A gay person could walk into a room full of violent homophobes, drink with em, laugh with em
        And leave untouched. Why? Your sexuality can be hidden and that is a powerful privilege. That is why black oeople struggle to equate their struggles with gay people’s because it’s not the same. You may deny it all you want but it’s a fact. Any oppression gay people face comes from those in power not the powerless so you’re pointing your finger in the wrong direction.

      • JanStan October 7, 2015

        I said I was done but you made some valid points that I think need to be addressed. Using your own example. If a black woman were to walk into a room full of racists that would attack her chances are IT WOULDNT BE BY GAY PEOPLE. Conversely if a gay man were to be in a room full of homophobes chances are just as likrly that they were black as any other race. So again my point isn’t that blacks don’t face racism, my point is that as such, they, more than anyone, should be able to relate to the gay struggle as much as the gay community shows sympathy towards theres. To say what u did, which was to minimize ANY struggle because of your own was highly offensive and inappropriate.

      • JanStan October 7, 2015

        And I need to correct something in my post, statistically speaking, a black person is more likely to be a homophobe, not equally likely like I stated.

    • ChakaYonce October 7, 2015

      Gay people who seek support from black people are hilarious. You enjoy all the same privileges as your straight counterparts and have the benefit of being related to the people who opress you. Fyi, a lot of gay White men hold the same negative view of black gay men that society does.

  5. E Young October 7, 2015

    I think we can all agree with her comment about Miley. She could have taken the high road with the second question and said, “No disrespectful, why would I like a beef between two people I care about?” Simple as that. All that extra attitude is not needed.

    • Ciah’s Turtle October 7, 2015

      I bet you didn’t even read the whole article before you wrote this. The interviewer was asking her lots of questions that had nothing to do with Nicki.

      • E Young October 7, 2015

        What does that have to do with anything answering questions respectfully? That’s a common question an interviewer will ask Nicki, because she is surrounded by both Drake and Meek. She was asked questions about Lil Wayne and Birdman relationship and although she had nothin to do with it, she answered the question respectfully. Her being asked questions she doesn’t like comes with the territory of being a celebrity… If you can’t take the heat, get the F**K out the kitchen.

  6. Theman October 7, 2015

    Bs. She whines all the time like she is owed something. The black thing was a cop out because she was upset about not being nominated. She won an award & she didn’t mention black anything then. She is very tacky & has a horrible attitude. You wanna be praised for making a video stripping lol.

    • Naomi’sEdges October 7, 2015

      In a way.. she DID. She checked a Caucasian girl who negated her feelings towards being discriminated at the very same award show she felt she was discriminated by.

      #Checkmate

  7. Keri Qween October 7, 2015

    She’s so tacky and classless

    • It’s Barbie B**** October 7, 2015

      Because any of the comments you leave on this site have any tact and class.. foh

    • Ciah’s Turtle October 7, 2015

      Drop an album. I dare you.

  8. Say What October 7, 2015

    Nicki Minaj says that Meek is an adult who she cannot control but she can control how he uses her likeness. He has her likeness in a video/game where he is punching Drake. She could have objected. Meek used her PinkPrint tour stage to bash Drake repeatedly. She could have controlled that. Nicki is doing her usual; start something and then back off and act innocent. She is smack-dab in the middle of the Meek and Drake beef.

  9. repo October 7, 2015

    I’ll be so happy when this non rapping d*** suckin tho dies or just dissappear off this earth for good she so fun lame and always whining like a big baby, like face reality that song was pathetic shut was garbage and the video was for h*** who wanna shake they as for a living. Move on Miley spoke the truth grow df up

  10. x_x October 7, 2015

    The are a few problems that i have with Nicki as it relates to the Miley. Here’s the rundown:
    1.) I have not, and correct me if im wrong, seen/heard/read Nicki take a stand against black oppression at all in the 6 years that she has been a mainstream relevance. To finally stand up in the wake of a failed Video nomination, for an absurdly mediocre song, doesn’t say to me “…what we feel is unfair to us.” Instead, it screams, “What EYE feel is unfair to ME.” When you use an issue so important for personal gain, you taint the overall message and that is not okay. The video was viral because it was provocative NOT groundbreaking. Understand that these are not one and the same.
    2.) Nicki has been called out by several other artists over the past 6 years that she has been of mainstream relevance, why speak out now? Some may argue that she didn’t want to have the world see women go back and forth, but we know that’s a lie because she’s responsded passively plenty of times just never DIRECTLY. don’t tell me she wanted to educate anyone because where was the tact?? She didn’t bring the intelligent Onika Miraj with her that night, she brought the stereotypical angry black girl that felt the need to get “hood” while accepting an award (after thanking her pastor??) Regardless of the caliber of award, there is a time and a place for everything. So why now? Why Miley? Did you not feel threatened by her? Was this the perfect opportunity to reaffirm that “Mixtape” Nicki is here and that other, more standout, version of yourself is no more? What did YOU gain from doing that? The only people you impressed were your fans. And let’s be honest, most of them can’t even buy alcohol on their own.

    I just can’t take this woman serious in this interview.

    • x_x October 7, 2015

      excuse any errors or brevity. I’m on my phone.

    • Kitty October 7, 2015

      She taking on stand on black issues now because she at the height of her fame and has more exposure now then she’s ever had, it would have been pointless for her to talk about the plights of black Americans at the beginning of her career. nothing she said tainted her over all message, that’s just your failed opinion, major media outlets supported and even agreed with some of what she said.could she have worded her argument better? yes. her felling the need to get “hood” was playful banter. there have been far worse things to take place on the vma stage in it’s 25+ year history why single Nicki out?

      • Kitty October 7, 2015

        *She’s talking* damned phone

      • Cc October 7, 2015

        You don’t just get to stand up for an issue when it seems convinient. Artist carry their views and opinions with them throughout their carrers. You know them from the beginning and when the become big, their views become public knowledge. Bringing up the issue at the awardS was for publicity. Like they said earlier, nicki never mentioned anything about institutional racism until this point. The need to get “hood” being seen as playful banter plays into institutional racism as well.

    • Ciah’s Turtle October 7, 2015

      Here to correct you. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shcMfKr9tgA although it was a very simplified answer.. culture appropriate was still addressed. She’s tweeted about Trayvon, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland and damn near every other black person gunned down by police. You guys hear/read/see what you wanna when it comes to her.

  11. rihanna’s #1 fan b**** try me October 7, 2015

    this goofy ass no talent having B**** wants to come for miley let me school you and you illiterate dumb ass nicki fans this b**** sat here for years worshiping a certain aspect of the japanese culture but had no clue as to what has happening in their cultural issues, this b**** is a FOOL b**** get ya f****** money up and get a talent stop worrying about miley shes worth THREE TIMES what you are is only in her 20’s has achieved far more than you the only talent you have is shaking your silicone filled ass you dumb ass b****!!! FOH!!!!! i will not stand for hypocrisy miley cyrus is a wonderful person and artist who not only freely expresses herself she does a lot for the LGBT community b**** ass NICKI what have YOU done that has impacted any culture you haven’t eaten impacted your own culture you’re a disgrace to black people and just like every other black female rapper you “rap” about having a fat ass. you are NO lauryn hill or badu don’t point fingers at miley cyrus

    • rihanna’s #1 fan b**** try me October 7, 2015

      even* this b**** got me f***** up please let me see nicki in person i will straight smack her d*** riding the prejudice train for relevancy stop it HO! azealia banks been tried that.

      • Kitty October 7, 2015

        let me see you in person id pour acid all over that ugly gorilla face of yours if you dare try something on queen nicki

  12. Grande October 7, 2015

    Nicki only spoke about black issues because of a dumb ass VMA nomination. Miley mostly spoke on her CHARACTER- which is sour. When was the last time Nicki collabed or even associated with another female rapper? I will wait….

    • Naomi’sEdges October 7, 2015

      Collab? My Chick Bad lmao (that was long as hell ago, but who’s there to collaborate with?)

      Association? Queen Latifah in 2013 on her show.
      EVE for Barbershop 3 (selfie on her page)
      & she was just windin on stage wit Dej loaf and had on her Pink Print Tour.

  13. Oscar October 7, 2015

    the second response to the question was completely unnecessary.

    it seems it’s only about race because she didn’t get nominated.

  14. Nope October 7, 2015

    I don’t even like Miley—but she was right. If you feel SOOOO strongly about black women’s issues, don’t wait til you going through some personal “injustice” to talk about it. And that’s what Nicki does. You didn’t get recognized for that trash bag anaconda video, and now it becomes a black woman issue? Chile cheese.

  15. Jai October 7, 2015

    Bye Nicki. This is the same chick who drags the f*** out of black women on social media and tells folks they need perms. She only calls white women out for their hypocrisy when it effects her, otherwise she is mute. Let’s not act like she really cares about black issues “nappy headed h***”

    • It’s Barbie B**** October 7, 2015

      She doesn’t “drag” black woman on social media the f you talking about? she calls out the people that have talked s*** about her first weather they are white black or purple or in the instance of lil kim su Chinese.

  16. al October 7, 2015

    Yawn fukin yawn covers as s*** as thw feature. Shes DONE. Where was this hip hop classic album?! Shes old news am sorry. Shes just bubble gum rap in my eyes aint nothin ghetto about this fake plastic ass wacked put h**. BYE FELICIA. Musics changing fast and she does not fit in. PERIOD

    • It’s Barbie B**** October 7, 2015

      tell all of that to the 20 mill she bought in last year dumb ass.

  17. It’s Barbie B**** October 7, 2015

    She slayed that cover, wish you guys would have included the other pics, she slayed this spread!

  18. Theman October 7, 2015

    Miley was speaking of her character. Nicki is foolish. She acts as though people need to kiss her a**. The black thing usually has nothing to do with what she’s speaking of. You were on television, why not go for it then? Hypocrite.

    • Ciah’s Turtle October 7, 2015

      Right, who are you to speak on my Character? Which is why she was check at the Awards. B****, you doin interviews and they ask you about me. Skip it.

  19. Tia October 7, 2015

    Nicki is full of s***. She’s not entitled to that nomination. Other blacks were nominated in that category including Beyonce. Anaconda came and went. She went for cheap shock value which worked for a few minutes. Video of the year it was not. bye Nicki !

  20. Bye Onika October 7, 2015

    *complains about cultural appropriation*

    *appropriates Harajuku culture from Japanese people to play dress up for your career*

    *all of a sudden becomes rap equivalent of Sister Souljah after media tried to replace her with Iggy*

    Bye Onika.

  21. King Mark111 /.\ October 7, 2015

    All over a VMA? And what is she talking about Black Bodies when Beyonce was nom, with a video full with Black girls doing what Beyonce does bestm shake her @ss. And then the Meek and Drake response was as dumb and senseless as her raps. Oh and Stink Print is still not plat. It’s going on a year. LAST, so she’s back jacking The FAME again?

  22. another bty day something ain’t wrong October 7, 2015

    Great cover

  23. rvs October 7, 2015

    I find it very odd a,d sad that black culture has come,so low as to accept some bleached up, fake body,fake everything as a representative for us. how f****** low has my people come to where she has the right to act like she knows what it’s like to be black in America. when did her family come here? we’re her ancestors saves to the man? I’m confused as to what she actually talking about as well. are we that deep in the media’s a*** that we can’t see past the words? what in the actual f*** does she know? u can laugh with us twerk with us? is this creep out of her damn mind

  24. Pat October 8, 2015

    Why does a certain genre of music have t belong to a specific race? F*** all of them in my opinion, country artist are the only ones with sense.

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