Nicki Minaj has two trippy covers for the Complex 10th Anniversary Issue, and in her accompanying interview, the “Superbass” rapper talked about what’s next in her career.
Minaj notes that her biggest challenge is getting people to envision her outside her many high-profile collaborations. “My goal the whole time has been for people to see me as a stand-alone artist,” she said. “I came out with Young Money, the biggest hip-hop label in the world at that time. And then it was, ‘How do I branch away from Lil Wayne?’ One of my biggest records was with Drake, ‘Moment 4 Life.’ Even with the Super Bowl, it’s Madonna’s moment. I’m just sharing in that moment. It’s not Nicki Minaj’s moment. Nicki Minaj at the Grammys — that’s my moment. I’ve just been constantly on this quest to stand alone.”
Minaj also indicated that in the next 10 years, she will “definitely” be married with two, perhaps even three kids. Will she stay in the music business? “As long as I can continue to experiment, then I might be doing music in 10 years. I know that I don’t feel like I need to be doing music in 10 years to feel fulfilled. And I don’t want to be one of those people who doesn’t know when to call it quits. Let’s just say that.”
Check out more photos of Nicki Minaj by Christian Anwander for the Complex April/May 2012 issue below.