We all know that Nicki Minaj prides herself on her wacky ways and shock tactics and it was no different this time at the premiere for her new album, Queen, presenting the album track by track on Apple Music's Beats 1 radio.
Between the bedroom advice and interesting commentary, she gave a song-by-song analysis of her new work. Earlier this year, Minaj released the tracks Chun-Li and Barbie Tingz, but only Chun-Li made the cut for her latest album.
The first song on the album, Ganja Burns, suggests Minaj is back to reclaim her spot as the top female rapper with the lyric, “all my power’s back, now I’m scary to zombies”. One particular track that racked up a lot of attention is Barbie Dreams, which many fans saw as a diss track targeting rappers including the likes of Drake, DJ Khaled and her ex, Meek Mill.
Minaj addressed the controversy during her release saying, “You guys know Barbie Dreams is not a diss, right? It’s just some funny s***, I love them. I said things about people who I know can take a joke and won’t be emotional about it." She added: “Reading the reactions to Barbie Dreams is f***ing hilarious. Everyone is saying how disrespectful [it] is, and that’s why I love it.”
Minaj is also known for her collaboration with other artists and Queen features many other artists such as Ariana Grande in Bed and The Weeknd on Thought You Knew, providing singing in between her rap on Nip Tuck and Come See About Me.
Minaj's album features 17 tracks as well as an intro and outro. But wait, there's more! On Saturday night, Funk Flex released another brand new track from Minah called Sorry, on his Hot 97 show. The song is a collaboration with Nas that has created a lot of speculation. The track was waiting for the go-ahead from Tracy Chapman, so it wasn’t included in the original release of Queen.
With one of her most daring albums yet, it seems that Minaj is ready to take the hip-hop throne again!