Dressed in a tank top emblazoned with an American flag and a matching baseball cap, Nicki Minaj — better known as “hip-hop’s killer diva,” according to Rolling Stone — just released some outtakes from her cover shoot with the music mag.
The “Anaconda” singer was shot by Terry Richardson in little more than a top and barely-there makeup for the accompanying interview, which digs into one of Minaj’s most-talked-about rhymes of 2014.
How did her verse on Kanye West’s “Monster” come about? According to the raven-haired 32-year-old, it started with rant:
“Instead of writing a rap, I wrote pages and pages of like, ‘I’m sick of people talking about this, tired of people saying I’m that’ — ranting in a notebook, basically. Then I read it back, highlighted major things and put it in rap form,” Minaj told Rolling Stone.
On the track, she says: “Hairdresser from Milan, that’s the monster do /Monster Giuseppe heel that’s the monster shoe,” name-checking the statement sandals designed by Giuseppe Zanotti and West.
Are you feeling patriotic yet?