Nicki Minaj recently released her latest album, “Queen,” August 10, four years after “The Pinkprint” hit number two on US Billboard 200.
With younger, more present female artists in the hip hop industry today, many music critics and fans alike anticipated Minaj’s newest project.
“Queen” is comprised of a 22 song tracklist, featuring singles, “Barbie Dreams,” “Rich Sex,” “Bed,” and “Chun-Li”. Along with the album, Minaj hosted her own Apple Beats 1 radio show, “Queen Radio.”
To the rapper’s disappointment, “Queen” hit number 2 on Billboard 200, falling behind Travis Scott’s “Astroworld” at the number 1 spot.
The rapper took to Twitter to share her remarks, “I put my blood sweat & tears in writing a dope album only for Travis Scott to have Kylie Jenner post a tour pass telling ppl to come see her & Stormi. lol. I’m actually laughing. #Queen broke the record of being number 1 in 86 countries. Thank Jesus & thank you to my fans.”
Hip Hop commentator, DJ Akademiks, later took to Twitter as well: “Nicki called me reporting her album selling 190k fake news only to find out she sold lower…”
One of the most popular songs on the album, “Barbie Dreams” mentions 50 cent, Karrueche, Drake, Meek Mill, Lil Uzi Vert, Young Thug, Desiigner, Fetty Wap, Mike Tyson, Odell Beckham, Future, and Tekashi 6ix9ine.
For example, Minaj rhymes, “Had to cancel DJ Khaled, boy, we ain’t speakin’/ Ain’t no fat ni**a tellin’ me what he ain’t eatin’”, in reference to Khaled’s remarks during an interview regarding his sexual relationship with his wife.
In relation to the album title, “Queen”, many of her lyrics are dedicated to reminding fans, other female rappers, and critics that she is the greatest female in the rap game. On “Majesty”, the second song on the album, it is written, “Yeah, on the real I’m these b****** idol/ Gotta be dumb to make me your rival”. Sticking to her theme, again in single “Chun-Li”, Nicki raps, “ Now everybody like, “she really is the best”/ You play checkers, couldn’t beat me playin’ chess”.
Contradictory to Minaj’s self proclaimed queendom, Forbes reports that, “6ix9ine gave Minaj her biggest chart hit in years with “FEFE” which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.” Following success of the song, “FEFE” was added to “Queen”, which many critics agree was used to boost album ratings. In addition to featuring 6ix9ine on the album, Minaj also announced the controversial rapper’s inclusion on her world tour with Future set for 2019.
Despite titling her album “Queen”, Nicki Minaj’s dramatic appearances in media headlines and the lack of evolution in her music may lead to the collapse of her refurbished throne.