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Nicki Minaj XXL Photo Spread/ + Cover w/ Drake [PHOTOS, VIDEO + INTERVIEW]

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Nicki Minaj told XXL magazine, "No disrespect, but no thanks." She actually declined the invitation to be a part of the 2010 Freshmen 10 issue because, like her Young Money compatriot Drake, she felt she should have been down last year.

"Drake and I, we love XXL...We just shot for XXL. With all due respect, we felt like we kinda had graduated from the freshman class. We felt that XXL missed the mark when they didn't put us on the cover prior to that. They have to pay for that. They can't say, 'Hey, get on the next one.' But we love XXL. That's like a hip-hop classic. So we said, 'Can we have something just a little bit more catered to us, so that we feel like we have still grown as artists, so we're not at all disrespecting the magazine?' They were cool with that....We didn't dictate, we just asked nicely,"

Nicki also points out how she has developed a global image and appeal and a lot people don't realize she is from Queens, New York because her accent switches up...

"I think very often people miss that I'm from New York, and I don't really know why that is, but I remember I said on Twitter one time, 'Shout out to Queens,' and all of the gay boys thought I was talking to them, and I realized that people haven't gotten that I'm Southside Jamaica, Queens, New York City. I feel like I say it a lot, but I guess I'm not saying it that much, or it's that I'm so diverse and I don't always rap with the New York accent--I switch it up, you know. People don't see me as just repping one city or one state. I actually really like that. That was always my goal: to be able to bridge that gap, you know, whether it's to London."

Love the mag spread! But is it me or this looks like a "no-butt-pad" photo shoot. I'm proud of you Nicki! She probably got fed up of everyone talking sh*t. But people still say she gets "a$$ shots" and others say "who cares even if she does have a$$ shots"

(lol for those of you who have no idea, yes, girls get a$$ shots these days)

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