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Nicki Minaj Has None (But Also All) of the Feelings About 'Anaconda'

Photo: Mark Seliger for <a href="">GQ</a>
Photo: Mark Seliger for GQ

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Writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner interviewed Nicki Minaj for GQ mainly to get down to the bottom of this butt business, or more specifically to tease the hip hop artist/rapper's point out of the backside-focused "Anaconda" video.

Mostly what she gets in an evasive (and often asleep) Nicki:

Dodge 1: "'The female form?' [Nicki] asks, brow furrowed, her head cocked back, like, Huh?! Yes, of course, I say. Now we're getting down to it. Now we're going to talk about butts."

Dodge 2: "'She'—Nicki's character in the video—'is just talking about two guys that she dated in the past and what they're good at and what they bought her and what they said to her. It's just cheeky, like a funny story.'"

Dodge 3: "'I knew that I wanted a gym theme.' Shrug. 'And that's that.'"

Dodge 4: "I think the video is about what girls do. Girls love being with other girls, and when you go back to us being younger, we would have slumber parties and we'd be dancing with our friends."

Dodge 5: "'I don't know what there is to really talk about,' she says. 'I'm being serious. I just see the video as being a normal video.'"

But Nicki does offer Brodesser-Akner a leg to stand on with one short quip:

"I'm chopping up the banana. Did you realize that?"

What? What banana?

In the "Anaconda" video, she says. "At first I'm being sexual with the banana, and then it's like, 'Ha-ha, no.' " I ask if she's referring to how the Drake scene immediately follows the kitchen scene. "Yeah, that was important for us to show in the kitchen scene, because it's always about the female taking back the power, and if you want to be flirty and funny that's fine, but always keeping the power and the control in everything."

Read the full interview at GQ.