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Monday 22 September 2014

Nicki Minaj: I won't clean-up image

Nicki Minaj said she didn't expect to attract younger fans

Nicki Minaj won't be cleaning-up her image completely for the benefit of her younger fans.

The 29-year-old rapper has already toned down her appearance, attracting a younger fan base, but she said she's not ready to entirely let go.

"I've always been kind of racy. Don't expect that to change," Nicki said, "but I love children and I respect children so much....I'm big on them remaining, you know, kids. I don't want them to go around cursing and acting crazy."

Minaj's new album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, has soared to number one, and she admits she has been surprised that she appeals to younger fans.

"I didn't expect the kids to gravitate to me like that. I'm finding my own niche with them", she said.

Nicki, who was discovered by Lil Wayne and signed to his Cash Money/Young Money imprint in 2009, also revealed she is thinking of starting her own label and looking to sign up other young female rappers.

"It wouldn't be on Young Money, it would be on my own label if I do decide to do my own label," she said.

"People do come up to me a lot about their female rappers, and I always tell them, 'It's for the strongest, [the] mentally strongest people in the world. You know, you've got a lot of things going against you, but if you really, really want it, you push yourself, write your own lyrics and you have an opportunity. You can do it.'"

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