Nicki Minaj Discusses The Sound & Concept Of Her Fourth Studio Album

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"The culture never seems to want to give me my props as an M.C., as a lyricist, as a writer."

(AllHipHop News) With her next LP, will Nicki Minaj finally get the overwhelming recognition for releasing a classic album? The Queens spitter spoke about the forthcoming project during her cover article for T Magazine.

"Sonically, I know what the album’s about to sound like. I know what this album is gonna mean to my fans. This album is everything in my life coming full circle and me being truly, genuinely happy. It feels almost like a celebration," said Minaj.

She continued, "The last album, The Pinkprint, was almost like my diary, closing the chapter on certain things and not knowing if I was happy or sad about beginning new chapters. I was really writing about feeling unsure. Now, I can tell you guys what happened for the last two years of my life. I know who I am. I am getting Nicki Minaj figured out with this album and I’m loving her.”

For a long stretch, Minaj was in the mainstream female Hip Hop space virtually by herself. That allowed the Young Money representative to corner the market but also serves as a lightning rod for criticism. The 10-time Grammy nominee talked about not getting the proper respect, in her eyes.

"I had so much going against me in the beginning: being black, being a woman, being a female rapper. No matter how many times I get on a track with everyone’s favorite M.C. and hold my own, the culture never seems to want to give me my props as an M.C., as a lyricist, as a writer," Nicki offered. "I got to prove myself a hundred times, whereas the guys that came in around the same time as I did, they were given the titles so much quicker without anybody second-guessing.”

Some of the male artists that also rose through the ranks during the 2010s (e.g. Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and J. Cole) are often listed as the best rappers of the era. However, Nicki Minaj is regularly cited as the most successful woman in Hip Hop over the last decade.
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Pink Friday, pink Friday Romans revenge, pink Friday the re up. The reason why u don't get the respect as rapper is because all u do is drop the same album and just add the most recent pop colab uv done. There are some dope females dropping bars. If she wants to drop a true classic she may need a ghost writer.


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people don't respect her as an artist because she wack she got a nice flow pre school bars fake body and she got shethered she migos level with the bars she has no classic albums or classic songs straight bubble gum here today gone tomorrow type music if you want respect make a hip-hop album stop riding the pop wave make a hit song by yourself