Nicki Minaj was spotted in some colorful leggings last night at LAX with her boyfriend Safaree in tow as they prepared for a flight to Orlando. Although it looked as though she was attempting to be lowkey, that’s difficult when you are running through an airport with pink and blonde hair and big furry Fendi boots. Sunday she was scheduled to perform a medley of four songs as the players are introduced during the 2012 NBA All-Star Game.
This past week, she snapped back at her critics (including Hot 97′s Peter Rosenberg who called her a sell out) with her newest single, ‘Roman Reloaded‘. After the record was released, she went on Hot 97 with Funkmaster Flex to discuss whether she felt pressured to come out with another hot rap track after all of the criticism from Hip Hop fans.
I would hope that people know at this point that I’m smart enough to know what I’m doing. I always intended putting out something urban right after ‘Starship’ because I knew ‘Starship’ was a monster. I didn’t feel the pressure to be honest. I feel really, really good. I feel like Hip-Hop cares enough that they have something to say and I remember when I was hoping that somebody had something to say about me on the radio or cared enough. Maybe it would be a problem if I couldn’t deliver records like ‘Roman Reloaded’, but I can. Once again, I write my own lyrics so it’s never a problem. Whatever I feel … I can write and I can create it, so I’m good.
I think that people sometimes get blown away by the magnitude of the pop stuff because the pop stuff reaches every where. Then I feel like my Hip-Hop fans or Hip-Hop culture starts getting a little bit afraid that I’m going to leave but this is who I am. I’m not going to change. I’ve just added on to my brand and if you don’t understand that then it’s probably why you don’t travel, you don’t see the world and I probably can’t even have a conversation with you anymore.
[Roman Reload] is not about anyone in particular. My fans, they’re voices are the loudest voices. A critic has never meant a thing to me and that’s why I keep winning. So we’re really good on this side Flex and ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” drops April 3rd and the Barbz and Romanz Empire will be good, really good.
Listen to the audio over at InFlexWetrust