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Nicki Minaj gets loud on the cover of Black Book magazine’s March Pop issue. Check out the photo shoot and an excerpt from the interview below:

“I’ve always wanted fame,” she says, idly stirring her cocktail with a plastic swizzle stick. “But when I achieved fame, I started realizing that it wasn’t as important as being great at what you do, or being critically acclaimed. Still, I never wish I wasn’t famous.” Like anyone, though, she has her limits, which were tested overseas when a group of zealous female fans showed up outside the hotel room of Minaj’s makeup artist in the middle of the night. “Seven girls banged on her door and they were like, ‘Take us to Nicki!”

“My mother can’t grasp the magnitude of my success,” says Minaj, who was born Onika Tanya Maraj in Trinidad and raised in the working-class neighborhood of South Jamaica, Queens. “She couldn’t tell Beyoncé from Alicia Keys, and when I try to explain the far-fetched things I’m doing, she’d rather talk about having to call the plumber.”

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