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Last night, MTV aired a follow-up to its 2010 documentary Nicki Minaj: My Time Now, best known for its Minajalogue on bossing up and being a successful woman in a sexist industry. Nicki Minaj: My Time Again didn't feature any pontificating so impassioned, but it did feature an excellent scene in which Nicki returned to the Queens neighborhood in which she grew up. I've never seen a depiction of Nicki existing so casually without a shred of pop-star bravado.
The scene featured a reunion with Gertrude Kollore, who's Nicki's childhood friends' grandmother and who also served as a grandmother figure to Nicki. Gertrude had plenty to say about Nicki's music: "She has one or two songs I don't appreciate, but the rest of 'em I do," said Gertrude when asked. She apparently has a problem with Nicki's cursing, which happens in more than one or two songs, but whatever, let Gertrude live her dream of being mildly disappointed in a woman she had a hand in raising. That's better than being entirely mortified.
Another highlight: When Gertrude was asked what Nicki was like when she was younger, her answer was, "Well, she liked boys."