As Nicki Minaj promotes her Pink Friday album overseas. She is answering questions from the press and raising eyebrows, not just for eye catching fashions but for a statement she made about her own music.
The Queens emcee sat down with Britain’s The Sun where she brought up her young fans and the influence her music has on them.
According to Nicki she “cringes” when she meets some of her younger fans and if she were a mother she wouldn’t want her daughter listening to her CD at a young age.
“Being honest, if I had a daughter I wouldn’t want her listening to a Nicki Minaj CD until she was a certain age….Even when I meet my fans and they tell me they are 12, I cringe a little…I always say, ‘Listen. I don’t want you saying the bad words, put school first’.”
She tells The Sun however that she has a sisterly influence on the girls and has to show them both “the good and the bad” of the world while sticking to her platform of independence for women.
“… I am like their bigger sister. I’m not like their mom…I have to give them the good with the bad. If I censor them completely and say ‘don’t don’t don’t don’t don’t’ then that’s what they are going to ‘do do do do do’…You have to tell kids this is the real world but they don’t have to go down this road. Just pay attention and do your best….When they really connect with me they know how big I am on school and how I always promote independence for women.”
But before parents of young girls go off to destroy her new album, Pink Friday, they should know this pop Queen from Queens has been a positive influence on young people. Just check Twitter. Nicki said:
“A lot of people send me direct messages on Twitter telling me what they are going through – their father is on drugs, this and that and the third.
“They feel like they can deal with all this stuff because I did and survived. They can have the worst hand dealt to them but they can do whatever they set their hearts on.
“A lot of fans say they like me because I don’t give a damn what they say about me. As a teenager you spend so much time worrying about what people say about you.
“When you have someone to look up to and you feel they don’t care, it makes you more comfortable with yourself.
“Whether you are overweight, whether you feel ugly, whatever it is. You know what? I am a bad bitch. I don’t care. Go f*** yourself.
“That’s the attitude they have. A lot of people on Twitter trying to be funny will say to me, ‘Damn you for giving these girls so much confidence. Now everybody thinks they look good’.
“That makes me feel good. If these girls walk around thinking they are the baddest thing on the planet, I am happy. That’s my manifesto. That’s my mission statement.”