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New York Times journalist Vanessa Grigoriadis learned really quickly how to get an interview with Nicki Minaj shut down.
The rapper didn’t appreciate a line of questioning about some of the men from the label she belongs to, Cash Money Records. Grigoriadis asked questions about Minaj’s boyfriend Meek Mill’s beef with rapper Drake, and rapper Lil’ Wayne’s $51 million lawsuit against label co-founder Birdman.
”They’re men, grown-ass men,” Minaj told Grigoriadis. ”It’s between them.” How does it make you feel, I ask? ”I hate it,” she said. ”It doesn’t make me feel good. You don’t ever want to choose sides between people you love. It’s ridiculous. I just want it to be over.”
If Grigoriadis would’ve stopped there, she probably could’ve asked a lot more questions of the rapper. But, she ended up asking a question that Minaj felt was “disrespectful,” “stupid,” and “premeditated.”
‘Is there a part of you that thrives on drama, or is it no, just pain and unpleasantness,” Grigoriadis asked.
”That’s disrespectful,” Minaj answered. ”Why would a grown-ass woman thrive off drama?”
She later added, ”What do the four men you just named have to do with me thriving off drama? Why would you even say that? That’s so peculiar. Four grown-ass men are having issues between themselves, and you’re asking me do I thrive off drama?”
Grigoriadis said she wished she could take back the question, but it was too late. Minaj’s temper was fast and she began to ask questions about the reporter’s intentions.
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”That’s the typical thing that women do. What did you putting me down right there do for you?” Minaj asked.
She then added, ”To put down a woman for something that men do, as if they’re children and I’m responsible, has nothing to do with you asking stupid questions, because you know that’s not just a stupid question. That’s a premeditated thing you just did.”
It was here where she shut down the interview. “I don’t care to speak to you anymore,” Minaj concluded.
In retrospect, the reporter said she understands why Minaj reacted that way.
“Even though I had no intention of putting her down as a small-minded or silly woman, she was right to call me out,” Grigoriadis wrote.