I found the following article on billboard.com:
Nicki Minaj is teasing a big announcement which just might be a track featuring YG, 2 Chainz and Big Sean. But she can’t seem to make up her mind when it’ll all go down.
With her new album Queen due out next month, the hip-hop star hinted at a star-studded collaboration, and sent her fanbase into a mini-meltdown with the promise of an announcement at 3pm ET Thursday.
And then, abruptly, she put a stop to all that. In response to a seemingly innocuous tweet, Minaj wrote: “Ok well why don’t I just scrap it altogether? No announcement. And another hiatus.” And right on cue, a stream of panicky memes flooded the social network.
And with a final message before bedtime, the announcement is on again. “Tomorrow I’ll feel a lot better & I’ll have more energy to interact with you when I DO go live,” she tweeted.
Over on her Instagram page, Minaj shared a snippet of audio, presumably a chunk of the new track, with a phone-filmed clip of a guy throwing wads of cash in the air like he just don’t care. Minaj tagged YG, 2 Chainz and Big Sean with an emoji-loaded phrase which alludes to the song title. It’s all about the money.
Confused? You’re not alone.
Minaj has had an eventful week. She canceled her appearance on The Ellen Show on Tuesday (May 22) citing “doctor’s orders,” while suggesting she was planning on making an announcement on the show. Her upcoming fourth album, Queen, is scheduled for release June 15.
Nicki went to ‘The Highline Ballroom’ after her performance on SNL Saturday night. According to pagesix.com Nicki got mobbed by Fans after the performance. They wrote:
(…) But when a throng of fans greeted her outside the venue, Minaj climbed on top of her chauffeured car while the crowd chanted her lyrics.
A team of bodyguards and cops tried to keep the hordes at bay.
“She arrived a bit late, around 3:40 a.m., and left at 4,” said a spy inside the Hennessy-soaked bash.
After performing “Chun-Li” and “Poke It Out” — the same songs she performed on the show earlier — “she also told her fans this will be her ‘best tour yet’ coming up this year,” the source said. “And when she left, a mob of fans rushed out to chant and sing her songs as she tried to get in the car.”
Billboard.com released the following article about Nickis upcoming album ‘Queen’:
It’s been more than three years since Nicki Minaj released a full-length album. Since dropping 2014’s The Pinkprint, a lot of female rappers have sought to claim the throne that Minaj’s ample backside comfortably sat in with no challengers in sight: Rapsody, Cardi B and her arch nemesis Remy Ma are among the names that have stepped up to stake their claim as the best in the game during Minaj’s absence. But on June 15, Minaj will make her much-anticipated return to take back the crown.
After taking some time off to do a little acting (2014’s The Other Woman and 2016’s Barbershop: The Next Cut), a little touring (2015’s The Pinkprint Tour), a little loving (relationships with Safaree and Meek Mill) and a little feuding (her much-publicized drama with Remy Ma and a brief rift with Miley Cyrus), Onika Tanya Maraj is ready to reclaim what she believes that she never lost — with an appropriately titled LP, Queen.
Minaj announced her forthcoming album and its June 15th release date while walking the red carpet at this year’s Met Gala, a few weeks after buzzing her competition on April 12th by dropping a pair of braggadocious singles with “Chun-Li” and “Barbie Tingz.” But what should we expect from her latest outing? We’ll find out next month, but for now here’s what we’d like to hear when Queen finally drops.
Look, there’s nothing wrong with singing and Minaj actually fares quite well when she puts her vocal chops to work. However, with so many rappers gunning for her crown, the Young Money artist needs to put her best foot forward when it comes to spitting rhymes. She’s demonstrated on numerous occasions that her lyrical prowess is to be respected and now is not the time for her to ease off the gas and allow her competition to pass her up.
Calling Out Names
Nicki Minaj has been tied to beefs that the world is well aware of (Remy Ma) and beefs that people are assuming she’s embroiled in (Cardi B). One way or another, Nicki needs to tackle these feuds head-on. There’s no need for her to throw subliminal jabs at Remy Ma when Remy made it clear who she was taking aim at. If there’s no beef with Cardi B, let’s put it to rest. Remy Ma’s “Shether” still stings so it would be appropriate for Minaj to fire back something that has a little more lyrical blunt force trauma than “No Frauds.” But, let’s be clear, this doesn’t need to be an all-out assault on every woman in Hip-Hop, which leads us to the next things we’d like to see…
Nicki Minaj and Cardi B at Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City.
Cardi B Opens About Her Met Gala Conversation With Nicki Minaj: ‘I Never Was Feuding With Anybody’
A Song With Cardi B, Rapsody and Young M.A.
Yeah, we know this is a long shot, but wouldn’t it be dope to get a little U.N.I.T.Y. on a song? The media is quick to put all female rappers against one another, and it’s pretty unfair. Of course, the Remy Ma beef is real, but why not bring together some of the top rapper chicks together for a song just to prove that Nicki is above the nonsense?
The Obligatory Song With Drake & Lil Wayne
You can’t have a Nicki Minaj album without a song featuring her brothers at Young Money, can you? The Pinkprint gave us “Truffle Butter” and “Only,” which were both certified bangers. It only makes sense for this trio to reunite and deliver yet another wicked collaboration. “No Frauds” was cool, but we’ve come to expect greatness from these three.
A Song With Lauryn Hill
Back in 2016, Nicki Minaj met Lauryn Hill backstage at JAY-Z & Beyonce’s Tidal X charity concert. Minaj immediately hit her knees and shed a few tears upon meeting the woman who took the world by storm with The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill nearly two decades ago. As mentioned earlier, Minaj certainly needs to draw the line in the sand with Remy Ma, but should also be at the forefront of bringing women in hip-hop together. L-Boogie is a name that can’t be shared with other people, and it would be great to see the rap game’s current reigning queen alongside one who paved the way for her nearly 20 years to the date that Ms. Hill dropped her now-iconic solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. We don’t know what the hell it would sound like, but with two of hip-hops strongest forces coming together, it’d surely be a collaboration for the history books.
Billboard.com released the following article about Nicki and Cardi B at the Met Gala:
On Monday night, the hip-hop universe exploded when a photo of Nicki Minaj and Cardi B engaging peacefully in a conversation at the Met Gala surfaced. In one photo, the two can be seen speaking to each other in conversation, while the the second flick captures them both in a goofy selfie.
In a new interview with Howard Stern’s Sirius XM radio show Wednesday morning (May 9), Cardi explained what took place Monday night when she and Nicki linked up.
“I never was feuding with anybody; there was a misunderstanding,” Cardi said when asked if she and Minaj were beefing. “I think she felt a certain type of way about something. I definitely felt a certain type of way about something,” she lamented. “I didn’t wanna ever talk about it in public because I felt like we gonna see each other again and we will talk about it, and it’s always like little issues. The thing is, it’s always little issues, but you know, fans are always gonna make it a big thing.” Then, she pointed out how important it was for them both to meet in person and iron out the wrinkles in their relationship.
“I spoke to her about it,” she added. “I spoke to her at the Met Gala about it, and it’s just like, see? It’s just something that had to be talked about because it was an issue.” When Stern grilled her about what the problem was, Cardi refused to spill any details regarding their rift. “I’m not gonna talk about it, but I really feel a certain type of way,” she said. “My feelings was really hurt, and I was just on some, ‘You know what? This is why I just keep to myself. This is why I cannot fuck with nobody.'”
Finally, Cardi took aim at the media, who relished in her back-and-forth ordeal with Minaj. “The media, they just so thirsty to put women in hip-hop — not just women in hip-hop, color women — against each other,” she said. “I don’t understand why they do that and why they want to do that. Like, I’ve seen so many Hispanic artists — females — work with each other, and it benefits them so well.”
xxlmag.com sat down with Producer J.Reid and talked about how he helped Nicki Minaj return to rap.
XXL: How did you first link up with Nicki Minaj to record “Chun-Li” and “Barbie Tingz”?
J. Reid: One of my partners—Brinx Billions—was working with Nicki. He did a record with her and it was so crazy that she was like, “Who did the beat?” He told her that I did it and she was like, “We might need to fly him out here.” My first trip to meet her was Miami. I went out there so excited. She was just like, “I love your music. You’re talented, I’m just trying to put some stuff together.” So I was like, “I’m ready.” From that, it’s just been ballgame. Coming back and forth, going in and out of town, working at home and showing out.
When did that meeting happen in Miami?
It was probably late December. Everything came to fruition around that time. She was looking to start her project—she probably had already started it. But the certain sound she wanted, I was able to cater.
Yesterday (Sunday April 8th), Nicki simply tweeted the number ‘4’, just to delete it shortly after. Many Fans think it could be the days till the release of Nickis 4th album. As “Music News & Rumors” claimed on Twitter, Label Staffers wanted Nicki to release her new album in early April, but Nicki refused to do so, because she doesn’t want to overshadow Cardi B. We’ll see what will happen next.
“The best female ever in hip-hop history”, Birdman said on Beats 1 yesterday (Tuesday April 03), where he promoted the soundtrack ‘Before Anythang: The Cash Money Story’.
“Missy went a little further than Kim….but not the level that Nicki at. She’s got the fashion, she just the icon. They got enough room in this game for everybody. With no disrespect, she’s got it, hands down.”
— Beats 1 (@Beats1) April 3, 2018
Nicki is on the cover of The New York Times Magazine for October 2015. I’ve also added two new photos from session.
Nicki Minaj is the world’s biggest female hip-hop star, a top pop star and the first woman to achieve success in both genres. Like Beyoncé, who performed recently in Central Park with the words ‘‘boss’’ and ‘‘hustler’’ flashing on screens behind her, along with a grainy video in which she smashed a vacuum and a sewing machine, Minaj has become expert at modeling the ways that women can wield power in the industry. But she has also drawn attention to the ways in which power can be embodied by a woman standing up for herself and speaking her own mind. Minaj’s behavior isn’t exclusive to her tracks; she also exhibits it in the national telenovela that she, like the rest of these women, to a greater or lesser degree, is running about herself, feeding the public information about her paramours, ex-paramours, peccadilloes and beefs, all of it delivered in social media’s short, sharp bursts.
— NYT Magazine (@NYTmag) październik 7, 2015
While the couple is still together, signs are showing that they might not last long enough for their tour this summer.
Sources close to the Trinidadian rapper told Urban Islandz that she and Meek Mill have been having huge arguments and that is pushing them apart.
“They are very much into each other but their relationship is growing toxic very fast,” our source said. “They have been having huge arguments and sometimes they don’t even speak to each other for days. But at the end of the day every couple go through a rough patch. Everybody know that Nicki is a hot head and Meek is no better so they always clash.”