Nicki Minaj's Naughty Gift for Lil Wayne

In a new interview with Details magazine, Nicki Minaj talks about being gay in hip-hop, her father’s fiery past, being a role model to young women, the gift she plans to give Lil Wayne in jail, her love for adult-contemporary singer Enya, and how much she gets paid to do a feature. This ain’t your average Barbie.

Q: As an openly bisexual rapper, do you think hip-hop is getting more gay-friendly?
A: I think the world is getting more gay-friendly, so hip-hop is too. But it’s harder to imagine an openly gay male rapper being embraced. People view gay men as having no street credibility. But I think we’ll see one in my lifetime.

Q: Have you seen the YouTube video where Michelle Trachtenberg raps one of your verses?
A: She’s the cutest thing. I just wanted to reach into the computer and kiss her. I might have to get her on a track.

Q: Your father set fire to your home when you were a kid in Queens, New York. What happened?
A: He drank a lot and did drugs, and he would get violent when he did. When he set fire to the house, he was attempting to kill my mother. She got out before it burned all the way down. I’ve always had this female-empowerment thing in the back of my mind—because I wanted my mother to be stronger, and she couldn’t be. I thought, “If I’m successful, I can change her life.”

Q: As younger and younger fans come to your shows, do you feel pressure to tone down the racier elements of your persona?
A: I do. I’m a role model now. I didn’t know I was gonna have 13-year-old fans, so I’ve tried to change a few things here and there. But I also know that the girls don’t want me to be Miley , either.

Q: Are you going to send your mentor Lil Wayne a gift while he’s in prison?
We were at a Jay-Z concert right before he went away, and he said, “Yo, Nick, how come you never bring any bad bitches around with you? ” I said, “My fault. I’ve got you next time! ” So I’ll send him a poster of a bad bitch to put up in his cell.

Q: Is it true that you’re a big Enya fan?
A: Who doesn’t love Enya? Whenever I’m in a trying time, she is the calm in the middle of the storm. If I put her on, I’ll be in this crazy peaceful state. I love her style. And her harmonies are freaking genius.

Q: You’ve rapped on songs for Usher, Mariah Carey, and Robin Thicke. How much do you charge for a cameo?
I get a handsome amount. I could definitely buy a car off one of my guest appearances. And I’m not talking about a Hyundai.

Read the full interview here.

North American/European Tour 2010

Just days after it was announced that Nicki Minaj would be joining Ke$ha as an opening act for Rihanna's Last Girl on Earth Tour this summer, the Young Money rapper has decided to not participate, according to a tweet she posted on Wednesday (April 7).

Late Tuesday, Minaj took to Twitter to hint at the news. "*sighs* how ... how do i say this ... hope the barbz [her fans] will understand ... hate letting them down. *sighs again while in deep thought*," she wrote.

And on Wednesday afternoon, the rapper dropped the news. "Barbz I'm sorry 2 say I will not be going out on RiRi's tour. I've decided 2 use that time 4 the completion of my album. Hope u understand," she tweeted.

A rep for Minaj confirmed to MTV News that the MC is leaving the tour to complete her album.

Minaj's decision to focus on her debut album comes as a bit of a surprise, since she told MTV News in February that she wasn't in a rush to release the album because she felt people need to get used to seeing a female rapper again.

"With the album, just like with my mixtape, I never like to rush it," she said. "With the album, I think it's more important that people get accustomed to seeing a female rapper again. Before I drop an album, people need to come out and see. People don't even know what a female rapper does."

However, fans can certainly see Minaj in the video for her single "Massive Attack."The clip, which features Amber Rose and producer Sean Garrett, was released last week.

While Minaj's name is still on the tour announcement on Rihanna's official site, it appears likely that the tour will proceed with a new opening act.