Riding the coattails of yesterday’s cover unveiling (see Wale and Jerry Seinfeld), Complex returns with another brilliant issue –– this time, starring Nicki Minaj.

Inside, the YMCMB queen maintains she’s a bonafide MC who doesn’t have to keep proving herself as such. She opens up about the creation of her upcoming album The Pinkprint, and what she’s gained from the process in retrospect.

One rule is “no more self-judgment.” I’m not judging myself; I’m not dissing what I do. I’m proud of what I’ve done and I’m proud of what I’m working on. I’ve accomplished something and I’m not going to be ashamed to be happy about what I’ve done. I’m talking about things that I didn’t speak about on other albums. It’s a truthful body of work. The album is me doing a press conference, addressing things and not putting too much [emphasis] on “This has to be lyrical,” to the point where I lose focus of a message. It’s important as a woman to be vulnerable and be strong at the same time. The album is a dope balance of vulnerability and strength, of inspiration and of not being politically correct. It’s the best of both worlds. It’s tapping into both sides. There are times when all I want to do is be lyrical and create metaphors and experiment with my flow. Then there are times when I just want to tell a truthful story about love and have people identify with me.

Hit the galley to see more of Nicki’s latest spread. For full story, visit HERE.

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