Nicki Minaj released her massive album The Pinkprint nearly a year ago to the day — Dec. 12, 2014 — and has spent the past few weeks reflecting on her banner year. Dubbed one of EW’s entertainers of the year, Minaj has now hinted that she’ll return to her mixtape roots.
“I’ll definitely drop a mixtape,” she told Billboard. “I have to.” When asked why, she said, “I have to set an example for female rappers. I’m at the top of that food chain, and it’s important to lead by example. And because I came into the game doing mixtapes, I want to make sure women do not forget the important of that grind, that walk up to the top. You can’t get there with a song. Because once that song is no longer hot, you’re no longer hot. It’s important that you are bigger than your music.”
Minaj also shared her thoughts about her upcoming sitcom and burgeoning acting career, Hillary Clinton’s campaign (“She has been brave and weathered the storm. And continued being a boss.”), the Black Lives Matter movement, and going on double dates with Beyoncé, Jay Z, and her beau Meek Mill. (They’re not engaged, she says, despite the rumors.)
When discussing her giant year with EW last month, Minaj cited Barbershop 3, in which she’ll appear, and breaking Billboard’s records as rewarding milestones. “I got a little bit more centered.”
To read Minaj’s full interview, head over to Billboard.