Nicki Minaj opened up about her controversial Anaconda video in GQ GQ

Nicki Minaj's single Anaconda caused shockwaves when the risque video and album artwork were released in August.

The hip-hop diva recently landed the cover of GQ magazine, posing alongside two colourful poodles while wearing a revealing cow-girl inspired top.

Inside she discusses her upcoming album, The Pinkprint, and revealed her thoughts on the controversial video.

"Don't know what there is to really talk about," she said in reference to the music video that sees twerking on a level not for the faint-hearted.

"I'm being serious. I just see the video as being a normal video," the Queens, New York-born rapper insisted.

While the 31-year-old admits to being provocative in Anaconda, she claimed it was really about power and control, citing scenes where she chops a banana before grinding up on fellow rapper Drake.

"I'm chopping up the banana," she told writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner. "Did you realise that? At first I'm being sexual with the banana, and then it's like, 'Haha, no.'"

"Yeah, that was important for us to show in the kitchen scene, because it's always about the female taking back the power, and if you want to be flirty and funny that's fine, but always keeping the power and the control in everything," she added.

Although many described the video as "lesbian porn", Minaj said it was about female empowerment. "I think the video is about what girls do. Girls love being with other girls, and when you go back to us being younger, we would have slumber parties and we'd be dancing with our friends," she said.

The Bang Bang rapper also revealed the now infamous cover art for the song was shot on the same day as the video. Since then, a Miley Cyrus spoof version has appeared.

"I just said I'll put it out, never thought in a billion years that people would be putting [other] people's heads on it", said Minaj. "It's the craziest s**t."

Minaj's full interview can be found in the November issue of GQ.