Nicki Minaj Talks Returning to Hip-Hop Roots, Style Transformation

By Annie Reuter

When Nicki Minaj sat down with MTV News to discuss her role in The Other Woman, she looked different; gone were the multi-colored wigs, eye-grabbing outfits and colorful makeup. But don’t call Minaj’s new look a makeover. According to her, “it’s just coming full circle.”

“I went so far to the other side that there’s only one place to go from there,” Minaj told MTV. “You can either continue doing costumes or you can just say, ‘Hey, guess what? This will shock them even more. Doing absolutely nothing will shock them even more.'”

Minaj cites her Elle Magazine cover shoot as the beginning of her natural transformation.

“I was gradually getting myself to this place where I was wearing my new hair out. I knew I was doing it, I wasn’t going to announce it to the world but I knew I was going to do it.”

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She added: “I really just try to let things happen gradually. I wanted to go with the blonde and the brown roots to no wigs at all and I feel like we’ve successfully done it.”

Minaj is currently working on her third album for which she says she’s going back to her hip-hop roots. Earlier this year she released two singles,  “Lookin’ Ass N***a” and “Chi-Raq,” but she says these tracks don’t completely showcase her new music.

“As soon as I started working on my third album, that’s just the songs that I’ve been writing but there is a lot of different types of music on the album that I’m really excited for,” she said.

While she promises a new track in the upcoming weeks, she said nothing will sound like her hit “Super Bass.”

“I’m just going to do what my heart tells me to do,” she added.


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