Music review: Nicki Minaj claims throne with “Queen”

Minaj not afraid to throw shade at contemporaries in latest release

Nicki Minaj has incorporated classic rap, contemporary rap and R&B into her most versatile album to date, “Queen”.

This iconic 19-track album follows her album “The Pinkprint” which was released at the end of 2014. After four years of writing and recording, Minaj did not disappoint with her newest album, which hit number one in over 80 countries. She is the first female rapper to accomplish this.

“Queen” features artists such as Future, Eminem, Ariana Grande, Lil Wayne, The Weeknd, Swae Lee, and Labrinth, many of whom she has collaborated with previously.

Minaj first announced the title of her album and the original release date as June 15 at the May 2018 Met Gala. Minaj later postponed her release date to Aug. 10 due to clearance issues.

Initially to get fans excited about the album, Minaj released two singles on April 12, entitled “Barbie Tingz” and “Chun Li”. After postponing the album’s release, Minaj released “Rich Sex” featuring Lil Wayne and “Bed” featuring Ariana Grande.

The most controversial song on the album, “Barbie Dreams,” sampled Notorious B.I.G.’s song “Just Playing”. In “Barbie Dreams”, Minaj calls out some of pop culture’s biggest stars ranging from DJ Khaled and Quavo to 50 Cent and Young Thug.

Another controversial song that hit the charts fast was “Hard White”, which throws shade at upcoming rappers Cardi B and Dreamdoll because of their previous stripping careers.

For those more in tune with R&B, “Come See About Me” and “Thought I Knew You” not only gives listeners insight into Minaj’s personal life but also slows down the pace. Minaj tends to juxtapose upbeat and fast-paced songs with slower rhythms in order to highlight her emotional side.

Since the release of “Queen”, Minaj announced an upcoming documentary about the album’s production. There will be a “Queen” tour spanning from the end of 2018 to the summer of 2019.

This record-breaking album has solidified Nicki Minaj’s throne as the queen of rap and people will be watching to see what she does next.

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