If you weren’t a fan of Complex Magazine’s cover featuring Justin Bieber all bruised up and bloody, maybe this one is more up your alley. As part of the publication’s 10th anniversary, they’ve released an alternate cover with Nicki Minaj resembling a hip-hop Halle Berry from the X-Men movies. Seriously, the female MC looks like Storm all ready to whoop up some thunder and lightning.
Along with the dizzying photos snapped by photographer Christian Anwander inside the commemorative issue, the “Super Bass” singer sits down for a revealing interview. The 29-year-old artist discusses her future goals which includes selling 5 million copies of her upcoming album (Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded hits stores April 3) and being married and having a family by 2022. One of the more interesting revelations include a breakdown she experienced backstage at the 2011 American Music Awards. Check out a few photos and select quotes from the April/May issue below.
What wows you these days? Everything that comes your way keeps becoming bigger, bigger, bigger. When you’re constantly exceeding your own expectations, how do you set new goals?
Doing the Super Bowl with Madonna doesn’t really change Nicki Minaj’s personal goals. My goal right now is still to put out Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, sell five million copies eventually, and tour every country in the world. That’s what I’ve been working toward. So while the world is talking about, “Oh my God, I can’t believe Nicki Minaj was at the Super Bowl!” I’m mixing and mastering my music. In my scheme of things it’s way bigger.
What’s your off-stage persona?
I’m the biggest homebody. But I’ve been like this. Nothing about me has changed since I got fame. I never liked to go to clubs. I never liked to go out. I don’t know where that public craziness came from. I was always like a comedian to my friends and family, but in a lot of ways I’m shy. I think people read my shyness as being mean. They misinterpret it. The first and only person who ever called me out for being shy was Wayne.
You’re on track to hit all your marks in 2012. Grammy solo set? Check. New album and tour? Check, check. Five million in sales? Possibly. What else?
I’m working on my fragrance and my apparel line. They took stuff that I’ve worn, focused on what I like, and then they started doing sketches. They’re pretty amazing. I was like “Oh my God, the kids are going to love this.” It’s not gonna get done overnight, but I know that it’s something they’re going to love.
For more pictures and to read the rest of the interview, head over to www.complex.com.