While we've been speculating as to whether or not Meek Mill officially put a ring on it, Nicki Minaj offered some clarification on the subject during her new cover story with Billboard magazine.
The superstar sat down for a Q&A with Billboard, where she discussed being from New York, her upcoming ABC sitcom, Presidential candidate Hilary Clinton as well as current President, Obama, her relationship with Meek and more. She explains how Meek has promised to buy her three rings before the engagement ring comes around, and this latest birthday ring would be the second one: "He and I are not engaged," she told the publication. "But he said he would like to give me three rings before we get married. My birthday’s coming up, and he better get the new one, because he got [the first one] for my last birthday. So let’s see what happens.
When it comes to maintaining a relationship in the industry, Nicki says she's received advice from two of the greats-- Beyonce and Jay Z. "We actually spoke with Jay Z and Beyoncé about it, too. After our show at [Brooklyn’s] Barclays Center [in October], we had dinner together. They were so giving with advice. I love them so much. It was just a beautiful conversation to have with people we love and we look up to as a couple. They’re so strong."
She also claims she'll be dropping a mixtape, although there's no indication as to when: "I have to," she said, "Well, I want to touch a couple of beats that I wasn’t on. I could have bodied a lot of the records that came out in the last year. But the main thing is, I have to set an example for female rappers. I’m at the top of that food chain, and it’s important to lead by example. And because I came into the game doing mixtapes, I want to make sure women do not forget the importance of that grind, that walk up to the top. You can’t get there with a song. Because once that song is no longer hot, you’re no longer hot. It’s important that you are bigger than your music. Some fans are going to f--- with me for the rest of my life because they know where I came from. Fans know my struggle. How hungry I was. That I was not settling, I was not giving up. I was on everybody’s beat. I was ruthless."
Read the full story here.