Listen Live
iPowerRichmond Featured Video

Nicki Minaj hasn’t snatched up her desired Vogue cover just yet but she’s looking super girly and bubbly on the cover of the June/July issue of Teen Vogue. Inside, she keeps it all the way real as she talks about everything from why she refuses to fake the funk in the music industry to how her parents dysfunctional relationship affected her childhood. She also dishes on her decision to no longer pay attention to what her critics have to say.

Check out the highlights and full spread below:

On why she refuses to fake the funk

People treat this business like it’s high school. It can absolutely feel like one big popularity contest, and you know what? I can’t be bothered. I can’t allow myself to play ridiculous games with grown adults in the industry. I can’t be nice to someone just because they’re hot right now. I can’t do it.

On how her parents dysfunctional relationship affected her

Every time my parents fought, my mother would have us move and I would have to go to a new school, which meant I’d have to face the task of making new friends. I dreaded it. I had butterflies in my stomach each time: Are people going to like or hate me? … Sometimes there’d be a fight, sometimes not. I let people know I wasn’t going to be pushed around.

On why she no longer pays attention to the critics

I used to read the bad things people said about me, then I asked myself, ‘Why am I reading that when I have millions of people saying great things?’ You cannot give negativity power. I tell teens, if you’re having a problem, there’s nothing wrong with deleting your social media. If people keep taunting you and you keep reading it, it’s poison.