As one of the music industry’s most polarizing artists, it’s only right Nicki Minaj have an unorthodox album cover to match a kooky image. Fans and critics were left both impressed and confused after viewing the 25-year-old’s femcee’s album art for Pink Friday last Monday. Taking a minimalist approach, Minaj looked like a Tim Burton special, flaunting spider-like stems, mime expression, and… no arms.
“[Nicki] wanted to rip her arms off to really do the whole Barbie theme, like when little girls trash their dolls,” says photographer GL Wood. “She wanted to look like one of those broken Barbies.”
Mission accomplished. Woods, who took similar shots of Minaj in the October issue of Out magazine says the rapper was inspired by their original shoot and wanted to go in the same direction but crazier.
With two Billboard records under her belt, Rolling Stone and Out covers and a new album on the way, Nicki Minaj still keeps it hood. The femcee took it back to the people last night (October 7) and answered fans’ burning questions via Twitter.
No stranger to the 140 character world (or responding to her fans directly), Nicki routinely answers questions from her over 1.4 million followers arbitrarily. Last night the questions became a little more personal, and Nicki Minaj gladly obliged.
The semi-formal Q&A announcement arrived on Twitter around 8pm EST, when Nicki tweeted that Young Money affiliate Scaff Beezy needed 27 more followers to break the 13,000 mark. If he reached that number, Minaj promised a tell-all session with her fans and Scaff Beezy actually reached 13,145 followers.
The questions began pretty basic, as @CollegeBarbz asked “When can we expect the ‘Right Thru Me’ video”, to which Minaj replied “Gonna see the rough draft tonight.” The album questions included inquiries about a UK release date (November 23 per her label), along with the album cover being revealed shortly, as the Nickster just chose her album art.
Then fans dug a little bit deeper, as @Nicki_Support asked “Who was your childhood crush?” The response was both personal and sad, as Nicki responded, “Had a boyfriend named Khatif when I was 10, but he died. R.I.P. baby.”
On a happier note, @TeamMinajJapan asked, “Does your mother call you Onika or a family nickname?” Nicki tweeted “My parents have called me Nicki all my life.” The final question answered was @KaitlynMorris’ “Ever had any pets?” Per Nicki, she had a “really cute mutt” named Rocky.
Following the Q&A session, Nicki began retweeting fans’ compliments and well wishes, along with the promise that her true fans won’t be disappointed by the realness of her upcoming LP Pink Friday, particularly the intro. The last time she poured her heart out on wax was on the touching track “Autobiography” from her Sucka Free mixtape.
“It’s funny,” Nicki Minaj tweeted. “To so many people I’m the ‘new’ girl. But there are people who’ve been a part of my journey for the last three years. That’s why I do what I do.”
Two of the baddest chicks in the game may be making more noise with another collaboration. Rihanna has revealed that she and Nick Minaj are cooking something up for the hip-hop vixen’s Pink Friday debut.
It was previously noted that the femme fatales had worked on a track called “Raining Men” for RiRi’s fifth album Loud, but the two might have something else up their sleeves. “Nicki Minaj, we did a song together called ‘Raining Men,’ and we might be working on her album together also,” the Bajan babe tells London’s 95.8 Capital FM.
She also shares what her boyfriend Matt Kemp thinks of the “fearless, bold, and expressive” Loud. “For the most part, he actually loves everything on the album but ‘Who’s That Chick,’ he doesn’t really like that one,” she laughs. “I guess it’s too lightweight pop for him.”
However, the L.A. Dodger is a fan of the LP’s slower cuts. “He really likes the ballads on the album. Those are his favorite ones.”
Most of the tracks are uptempo except for two powerful ballads called “Scared of Beautiful” and her personal favorite “California King (Bed),” which she predicts will be the biggest song off the project.
Rihanna hopes to go on tour again next year and is already thinking about a repackaging of Loud.
While I Am Not a Human Being drops on Wayne’s birthday, Tha Carter IV may not arrive in November after all. “Maybe, maybe not. We don’t know yet,” revealed Baby, who also spoke about the next player to bat, Nicki Minaj, and her debut album Pink Friday. “We ain’t never had a woman looked upon like that,” he said of Young Money’s First Lady.
Lil Wayne confirms our suspicions. Weezy F. Baby is not of this planet. Rap-Up.com has your first look at the cover and tracklisting for the rapper’s new album I Am Not a Human Being, arriving at digital retailers on his birthday, Sept. 27, two weeks prior to the physical release on Oct. 12. The incarcerated MC rocks an American flag on his hat, skinny pants, Vans, and mirrored sunglasses on the earthly artwork for the release, which features the Drake-assisted singles “Right Above It” and “I’m Single.”
Check the 12 tracks that made the cut below, including appearances from Drake, Nicki Minaj, Jay Sean, Tyga, and other members of the Young Money camp. And yes, there’s a song called “Gonorrhea.”
Here’s the tracklisting featuring Nicki Minaj on two records:
1. “Gonorrhea” feat. Drake
2. “Hold Up” feat. T-Streets
3. “With You” feat. Drake
4. “I Am Not a Human Being”
5. “I’m Single” feat. Drake
6. “What’s Wrong With Them” feat. Nicki Minaj
7. “Right Above It” feat. Drake
8. “Popular” feat. Lil Twist
9. “That Ain’t Me” feat. Jay Sean
10. “Bill Gates”
11. “YM Banger” feat. Jae Millz, Gudda Gudda, and Tyga
12. “YM Salute” feat. Lil Twist, Lil Chuckee, Gudda Gudda, Jae Millz, and Nicki Minaj
Gucci gets a lot of help on his September 28 Warner album, but don’t expect to hear Waka Flocka Flame, OJ Da Juiceman or Zaytoven.
On September 28, Gucci Mane will release his third major label studio album, The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted on 1017 Brick Squad/Warner Brothers/Asylum Records. The album will follow-up last year’s The State vs. Radric Davis, released just after the Atlanta rapper’s incarceration.
The third outing will feature production and vocals from Swizz Beatz, Bun B, Pharrell Williams, Nicki Minaj and Nicki Minaj. Production duties will be handled by Drumma Boy, The Neptunes, and Lex Luger. Notably absent is Gucci’s longtime producer Zaytoven, as well as Brick Squad members Waka Flocka Flame and OJ Da Juiceman.
We can now reveal the name of the song Nicki Minaj is featured on:
9. Haterade (Feat. Nicki Minaj and Pharrell)
Courtesy of Rap-Up.com, what do you guys think?