Nicki Minaj On New Era: ‘I Wanted To Shock The World Again’

Nicki Minaj put away her pink wigs on purpose in an effort to "shock" the world and move forward to another level of her career.

"I always thought that by the time I put out a third album, I would want to come back to natural hair and natural makeup," the "Anaconda" rapper and former "American Idol" judge tells GQ in the November issue. "I thought, I will shock the world again and just be more toned down. I thought that would be more shocking than to keep on doing exactly what they had already seen."

All of that said, did Nicki really shock the world by sort of toning down or was "Anaconda" (the video and the single cover) more of the shock?

As previously reported, Nicki Minaj is just weeks away from the release of her anticipated new album, "The Pink Print."

The album drops November 24.

For more of Nicki's story pick up the November issue of GQ.