On Wednesday, Nicki Minaj posted a video to Instagram that showed the rapper emotionally talking about growing up in an abusive household and standing up for her mother as a young child.
"I remember when my mother would let my father be violent with her and she always brings up the story as a little girl I would stand in front of my mother and go like this," Nicki said, with her arms open wide as if to shield someone. "I vowed from that age no man would ever abuse me, call me out my name, treat me like that."
Before she knew it, however, that had become her life, she revealed.
In another video posted soon after, Nicki discussed how she hit rock-bottom after being in such a bad relationship and how she managed to claw her way back up and regain the success that has so characterized her life over the last five years. "Who was I gonna inspire when I had nothing in me to give?" she said. "Like, I let one human being make me so low that I didn't remember who I was. I was scared to get in the studio."
Moving cities, from Miami to New York, helped Nicki regain her confidence and find the inspiration that led to "Coco Chanel" and "Good Form," two of the songs on Queen, her latest album, which was released in August of this year.
The footage in both videos comes from Nicki Minaj's upcoming documentary, titled after Queen and produced by Apple Music. There is no release date yet for the documentary, but if these teasers are anything to go by, it is sure to be a fascinating look into the life of one of the world's best female rappers.