Not only did Nick snag the title as the first rapper to cover Marie Claire but she is the first female rapper to do it. Inside she talks her desire to completely crossover to acting, her perception on motherhood and a recent epiphany she had that made changed her life.
On having an epiphany during a tour stop in Australia
For the first time, I allowed myself to feel proud of where music had gotten me, and I felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude. You feel the need to pay it forward, which starts with analyzing yourself with a true desire to grow. I was praying every day, ‘You know what, Lord? I want to be a mom one day, and I want to start becoming the woman who I want to parent my child.’ I wanted all of the feelings of entitlement to leave me, because some people have this life for a year or five or 10 — and a lot of them lose it. I didn’t want to become a person who wasn’t enjoying the moment.
On crossing over into acting
If I can do [make three more albums], I’ll feel complete. One day, when I start getting a couple gray hairs, maybe it will all be only acting. I just never know. . . I’ve kind of become the poster child for doing the things that no one expects.
On wanting to be a lawyer before she became a rapper
I just loved the thought of going into a courtroom with mostly men and defending someone — just being able to persuade people with your words. It seems glamorous in a way. Very inspiring and ballsy.
Her advice to women and young teenage girls
Don’t chase any man. Put your school first. Men love independent women. You don’t have to be a b-tch, but there’s nothing wrong with it at times. And: Men are kids at heart. They want to be nourished and pet like a dog.