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Nicki Minaj embraces pop star label

Nicki Minaj says even though she's called a pop star as "a diss", she thinks the genre produces "amazing" music.

The 29-year-old star is currently promoting her second studio album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. The record features a mix of music genres, including her signature rapping and also some more pop-led tracks.

Nicki takes the "pop star" label as a compliment.

"Oh God... I've heard so many things about myself that I don't know who I am anymore. World's biggest pop star? People call me 'pop star' as a diss. But pop stars shouldn't be disrespected because they make amazing music," she told NME magazine.

Nicki's song Marilyn Monroe includes the lyrics, "I don't want to end up losing my soul."

The rapper has explained how she feels about the constant pressures of being in the media spotlight.

"So much is taken out of you that you lose yourself. I feel like I've set the bar too high, so I always have to be 'on'. I can identify with Marilyn in that people saw a beautiful woman, but inside was a fragile little girl," she explained.

Nicki recently took a break from social networking site Twitter, and has revealed her reasons.

"Yeah, too much was taken from me. I enjoy Twitter, but in that very moment I needed it to stop," she asserted.

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