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Nicki Minaj on racy 'Anaconda' artwork: 'I'll never stop taking risks'

Rapper Nicki Minaj recently unveiled the cover art for her new single 'Anaconda' and the sexy image has created quite a stir online. 

Seacrest asked Minaj what she thinks of the internet's reaction to the artwork after people started creating edited versions of it, in which images of Spongebob Squarepants (shown below) and other popular cartoon figures have been Photoshopped suggestively into the picture:

"Well first of all, I was shocked. I’m still shocked. I mean, I never saw that one coming. I mean, it’s hilarious. I’m like, ‘Why would people do that?’"

She went onto add that her manager, Gee Roberson, wasn't initially on board with her idea for the cover art because it was so raunchy: "He was thinking that it may be too over the top, and I said, ‘Well you know, in the beginning of my career, I did pictures like that, I did photo shoots like that.'"

"And I didn’t want to lose that sense of who I am. I feel like one of the people I look up to the most was Madonna, and she’s never stopped pushing the envelope. She’s never stopped taking risks, and I don’t ever want to stop doing that either.”

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Listen to 'Anaconda' below: