PHOTOS: Nicki Minaj In XXL Magazine

“I’m about to climb over every single barrier and just put females on a different map altogether,” Nicki Minaj says in the new XXL. “So I take it as it comes. Like, I don’t think in five years people will consider me a female rapper—I’ll be, like, an entertainer. But, as of right now, I get it. I started off in the underground hip-hop circuit, so I’m a female rapper right now. But it’s just the beginning.” We’re starting to wonder — after that scatterbrained big-budget video and sudden decision to bail from a major tour, is she ready?