Nicki Minaj has given fans a much-needed update on her upcoming fifth studio album, which she’s been teasing for quite some time.
Talking to City Girls rapper JT to iD, the leader of the Barbz revealed that her next album will go back to her hip-hop roots. According to Nicki, she’s in a very good place now and believes that being in that mindset allows her to put out her best music.
“I feel like when I’m happy, I make the best music,” Nicki said before hinting at what’s to come on the new project. “And in order for me to deliver the best music for my album – which will be released soon – I have to return to the essence of Hip Hop.”
Elsewhere in the conversation, Nicki hinted that her fifth studio album is on her priority list, giving fans hope that it could be released soon. Her last solo effort came with 2018’s Queenwhich debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with 185,000 album-equivalent units, 78,000 of which came from pure album sales.
As she aims to bring the essence of hip hop back into her music, Nicki will watch her younger counterparts break up their rhymes in the same interview with JT and iD. According to Nicki, she released the “Queen Mix” for her hit single “Super Freaky Girl” — featuring Katie Got Bandz, Maliibu Miitch, BIA and Akbar V. — just to hear women rap.
“I want to hear girls rap again. Just rap like that. When I did my BET Cypher years ago, I purposely didn’t wear revealing clothes,” Nicki said. “I wore a sweatsuit. So even though we were super freaky girls on the song and we all had fun, you guys really spat.”
Elsewhere, Nicki praised rap legend Foxy Brown beneath her iD interview and called her one of her biggest rap inspirations. The “Moment 4 Life” star was asked to name the artists who have had a major influence on her rap style, and Foxy led the way.
Foxy brown. I probably still sound like her at times,” Nicki said. “I would listen to this woman non-stop. Finding out she was from Trinidad was so freaking amazing to me because I never imagined a rapper could come from my country.
She added: “She’s so precise with her delivery and so clear. And I really love clarity in rap.”