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Rapper Nicki Minaj is known for her explicit lyrics, which no child should probably hear. In a new interview, Minaj revealed that she agrees, but that isn’t going to make her stop using that kind of language.
In a new interview with the UK Guardian, Minaj says that she was caught completely off guard by how many younger fans she has. “Yes, of course. I never thought I'd have young fans. Never,” she says. When asked what she thinks of those that believe she has sold out by doing pop songs, she fired back, saying that she has always been doing pop and rap since her career began.
In the interview, she says that she would feel upset if her younger fans, including her cousins and younger sister, did hear the explicit versions of her hits. "I'd be very upset. I don't want children cursing. I'm very strict on my nieces and my little brother. They have to listen to clean versions of music. Even my music."
She is annoyed by those that ask her to change her lyrics, believing that people want her to follow a different set of rules from other rappers. "Why do people ask me to lose swear words? Do people ask Eminem to lose swear words? Do they ask Lil Wayne to lose swear words? Nobody stops them and says 'Would you stop swearing swearing... for the children, please?'’ she said.
She also discussed her troubled childhood with an abusive father. The “Starships” singer has “vowed” never to go out with an alcoholic.
As ContactMusic notes, Minaj’s hits are often released in explicit versions on her albums and clean versions for the radio. In her interview with the Guardian, Minaj endorses this move.
The interview comes just days after Minaj returned to Twitter and released a new video for the explicit version of “Starships.” Since it was uploaded on Thursday, the video has been viewed over 1.7 million times.