Nicki Minaj Reveals New Song 'Masquerade' Was Inspired By The Olympics

3 August 2012, 11:36 | Updated: 3 August 2012, 11:44

The 'Pound The Alarm' star admits she has been watching London 2012 because of the "discipline" the athletes show.

Nicki Minaj has confessed that her new song 'Masquerade' was inspired by the Olympic Games.

The 'Starships' rapper recorded the track for a new commercial campaign and told Rolling Stone that the sporting event played a key part in the shaping of the track.

"'Masquerade', to me, feels like the Olympics," she admitted. "When Adidas came to me, they mentioned the Olympics. They mentioned maybe having a performance at the Olympics, and I just put my brain into the mindframe of, 'What does a champion feel like? What is the inner conversation of a champion?'

The Trinidad born star revealed the lyrics came from thoughts of success and the feelings of a great challenge.

"I just started by saying 'Feel the beat of the drum' and talking about being Number One, all those things that go through your brain sometimes when you're feeling like you're at the crossroads between continuing and giving up.

"The song is about feeling inspired to win."

Nicki also revealed that she has been keeping her eye on as much of the action from the London 2012 Games and confessed she has no interest in who wins.

"To me, it's never really about the gold or the winnings; I'm just super, super proud of these girls for having so much discipline and for setting a goal and really working towards it," she declared. "That's why I watch the Olympics, for a different reason – to me, it's not about watching for my country or anything like that.

"I'm watching to support these people who make a decision in life and follow through."

Meanwhile, the 'Moment 4 Life' star will be heading back to the UK in October for a new arena tour and revealed how excited she is for the upcoming outing.