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Nicki Minaj dismisses ‘Anaconda?’ ‘It was a joke’

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Nicki Minaj fans are eagerly awaiting the release of her upcoming album The Pink Print next month, and the Young Money rapstress spoke about the album and the notorious lead single “Anaconda” in a recent interview. Minaj’s track “Anaconda” was everywhere this summer and the song and  video sparked a lot of chatter.

Minaj says she just did the song as a goof —but wanted to give a shout-out to voluptuous ladies.


“I wanted to create a song that embraced curvy women,” she told Complex. “I wanted to be sexual but be playful with it. And I wanted it to be so melodic that even if you don’t understand English you could still go along with the melody and you would have no idea about all the raunchy s— I’m saying— I get a kick out of that. It was simple to write. I just created the melody and then I let the words happen. I started laughing when I said, ‘Boy toy named Troy.’ That whole song, I was just being dumb. It was a joke. My biggest thing was seeing how my girlfriends Sherika and Thembi were going to react. If they don’t like a song, they’ll be like, ‘No.’ As soon as they walked in the studio, we were laughing and having fun. I thought, if we’re doing this, then everybody is going to have fun with it,” Minaj explained.

And she also addressed the controversy surrounding the single artwork’s infamous pic of her famous derriere in a thong.


“The artwork was not premeditated,” Minaj said. “I was shooting the ‘Anaconda’ video and I had my photographer there taking pictures. When I was about to shoot my next scene, I asked to see the pictures he’d taken. He went through five or six and that one came up, and I was like, ‘Oh my God. Yo, that picture is crazy!’ What made me excited about it was that people hadn’t seen me do a picture like that in years. The reason why I stopped taking pictures like that was because I needed to prove myself. I needed for people to take me seriously. I needed for people to respect my craft. I’ve proven that I’m an MC. I’m a writer; I’m the real deal, so if I want to take sexy pictures, I can. I’m at the level in my career and in my life now where I can do whatever the hell I want to.”

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