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‘Moment 4 Life’: Nicki Minaj gets emotional in revealing new interview

Singer/rapper Nicki Minaj accepts Best Female Hip-Hop Artist onstage during the BET AWARDS '14 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on June 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for BET

Hip-hop queen Nicki Minaj is all over the place lately. Not only is the “Moment 4 Life” rapper preparing to release a new album, she has recently been featured in collaborations with Beyonce, Ariana Grande and has one in the works with rapper Remy Ma. The former “American Idol” judge is on a hot streak, but also recognizes the downfalls of show business. In an interview with the Fader published online Tuesday, Minaj gets emotional and opens up about a near-death experience.

Minaj appears on the cover of the upcoming Fall Fashion issue of the magazine and was asked to explain a speech she made at the BET Awards on June 29. In the speech, Minaj referenced almost losing her life. She told Fader, “I was making a point to say that the business kills so many people and we don’t even realize it. I can only imagine how many people in this business have died because they may not have wanted to…to be embarrassed publicly. We care so much about what the world thinks that we don’t live, really.”

The rap superstar didn’t give details as to what happened, but she appears adamant on living her life the way she wants to live it. Over the past few years, she has certainly done things her way, which is what makes her appealing to her fans. Although her hard lyrics and unique fashion style brought her fame, Minaj has no problem exposing her sensitive side and that comes from remembering where she came from.

In the interview she also talks family and about her upcoming third studio album, “The Pink Print.” Her goal with the album is to continue to push the limits with her music. She told the magazine. “Every time I do a business venture or something that isn’t the norm for a female rapper, I pat myself on the back. It’s important that corporate America can see a young black woman being able to sell things outside of music.”

One of her latest plans includes a deal with the Home Shopping Network. A female rapper with HSN will certainly be a first and Nicki Minaj does not shy away from opportunities to break down barrier. The Young Money princess, whose real name is Onika Tanya Maraj, is making things happen, but her brush with death has made her realize just how important it is to make the most out of any opportunity that presents itself. Show business has created her fame, but she won’t let show business break her name.