Nicki Minaj Covers ‘Complex’ Magazine: See All 5 Futuristic Photos

With her forthcoming LP The Pinkprint dropping next month, Nicki Minaj is stepping her promo game up! The rapper’s latest venture is starring on the cover of Complex magazine’s December 2014/January 2015 issue. In the editorial spread, the diva shows off her modelesque poses as she rocks some killer, futuristic outfits — complete with metal-plated bras and skyscraper heels.

The Pinkprint drops on December 15, and features tracks like “Bed Of Lies,” “Only” and “Pills N Potions.” View Nicki Minaj’s Complex photos in the gallery up top, and read some of her interview highlights after the jump!

On feeling guilty: 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.”

On losing her privacy: I worry to an extent. It doesn’t keep me up at night but I would be lying if I said that privacy isn’t important to me. I’ve always been like that. I give so much; I don’t curb myself in my music and I try my best to be straightforward when I do interviews. So, I do worry. What if I didn’t have something sacred? What if I wasn’t able to keep my secrets? How would that make me feel? I’ve always prided myself on not talking about certain things, holding certain things dear to my heart and leaving them just for me.”

On her womanhood: “Every woman is multifaceted. Every woman has a switch, whether she’s going to be maternal, whether she’s going to be a man-eater, whether she has to kick ass, whether she has to be one of the boys, whether she has to show the guys that she’s just as smart or smarter, she’s just as talented or creative. Women suppress a lot of their sides.”

On “Anaconda”I wanted to create a song that embraced curvy women. I wanted to be sexual but be playful with it. And I wanted it to be so melodic that even if you don’t understand English you could still go along with the melody and you would have no idea about all the raunchy shit I’m saying—I get a kick out of that. It was simple to write. I just created the melody and then I let the words happen. I started laughing when I said, “Boy toy named Troy.” [Laughs.] That whole song, I was just being dumb. It was a joke. My biggest thing was seeing how my girlfriends Sherika and Thembi were going to react. If they don’t like a song, they’ll be like, “No.” As soon as they walked in the studio, we were laughing and having fun. I thought, if we’re doing this, then everybody is going to have fun with it.”

Read the rest of Minaj’s interview with Complex magazine here.

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