Nicki Minaj on Her Difficult Journey: 'I Wouldn’t Change a Thing'

October 12, 2011 By:
Nicki Minaj on Her Difficult Journey: 'I Wouldn’t Change a Thing'

It’s hard to imagine that anything could ever be so terrible for Nicki Minaj that she’d want to end her life. But at one point, the hip-hop superstar was fed up with her struggle for success.

Minaj recently said, “At one point, I was just like, ‘What would happen if I just didn’t wake up?’ That’s how I felt. Like, ‘Maybe I should just take my life?’”

A few years later, and Nicki is at L.A. LIVE, announcing the 39th annual American Music Award nominees alongside Pitbull. Hollyscoop caught up with Nicki at the event on Tuesday, and she continued her sentiment:

“My journey has been up and down,” the singer told Hollyscoop. “Lots of bumps on the road, but it’s been exciting, I really wouldn’t change a thing to be completely honest.”

Well, who would? After Nicki's debut album, Pink Friday peaked at the top of the Billboard 200, it soon became certified Platinum. Minaj is also the first artist to have seven singles on the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time. Your Love reached number one of the Billboard Hot Rap songs chart, and Minaj then became the first female artist to top the chart solo since Missy Elliott’s famous hit, Work It.

To summarize, she’s kind of a badass, both in the hip hop world and music in general. She has a deep appreciation for her fans, and in 2010, she unleashed “Nicki Teresa,” an alter ego that was a “healer to her fans.” She has another alter ego, Roman, who is supposed to help her with her upcoming sophomore album.

“The new album has just given me so much life,” Nicki tells us. “More importantly I know that my fans, my core fans and the world will really appreciate and recognize that I grew for the second album.”

No doubt they will, and the Billboard charts will prove it. Nicki also just garnered some nominations at the 39th annual American Music Awards. She’s up for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist, along with Lil Wayne and Kanye West. Her debut album, Pink Friday, is also up for Best Rap/Hip-Hop Album.

Minaj told us, “Being nominated for the AMA’s is a blessing.”

“It’s an honor,” she tells us. “And really, I couldn’t be happier. It’s a dream.”

She’s certainly come a long way from not wanting to wake up.