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Nicki Minaj: From Red Lobster to Superstardom

Posted Saturday November 13, 2010 3:26 PM GMT

One of the hottest acts around, Nicki Minaj is the focal point in the latest installment of Billboard magazine.

The "Your Love" singer playfully posed for an accompanying photo spread while talking about topics such as her rapping style and life before hitting the big time.

Of her lyrical style, Miss Minaj dished, “When I started rapping, people were trying to make me like the typical New York rapper, but I’m not that. No disrespect to New York rappers, but I don’t want people to hear me and know exactly where I’m from. I wanted the album to be universal and versatile. It really feels like it speaks for every one of my personalities.”

Asked about her life before becoming famous, Nicki told, “The last job I had was as an office manager in a little, tiny room where I literally wanted to strangle this guy because he was so loud and obnoxious. I would go home with stress pains in my neck and my back. That’s when I went to my mother and said, ‘Look, I’m not going back to work.’ I’d been fired like 15 times because I had a horrible attitude.”

Previously making a living as a waitress, the 25-year-old revealed, “I worked at Red Lobster before that and I chased a customer out of the restaurant once so I could stick my middle finger up at her and demand that she give me my pen back. I swear to God I was bad.”

Photo Credit: Billboard