Nicki Minaj Discusses The Sound & Concept Of Her Fourth Studio Album
Yohance Kyles (@HUEYmixwitRILEY)
(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.https://www.instagram.com/p/BaUkzCsB8Kz/?hl=en&taken-by=nickiminaj https://www.instagram.com/p/BaU7SJhhG8Y/?hl=en&taken-by=nickiminaj