Nicki Minaj Releases New Album Queen: Listen
After several release date changes, Nicki Minaj’s fourth studio album has finally arrived. Queen is out now (via Young Money/Cash Money/Republic). Listen below. Queen, the follow-up to 2014’s The Pinkprint, includes “Rich Sex” (featuring Lil Wayne), “Bed” (featuring Ariana Grande), and “Chun-Li.” There are also guest appearances from Eminem, the Weeknd, tourmate Future, Rae Sremmurd’s Swae Lee, Labrinth (of the trio LSD with Sia and Diplo), and others.
On “Barbie Dreams”—a flip of Notorious B.I.G.’s “Just Playing (Dreams),” that’s an update of the similarly-titled track “Dreams” that she released over a decade ago—she targets numerous rappers, including Meek Mill (her ex-boyfriend), Drake (“Drake worth a hundred milli, always buying me shit/But I don’t know if the pussy wet or if he cryin’ and shit”), Desiigner (“Shoutout Desiigner, ’cause he made it out of special ed”), Young Thug (“Used to fuck with Young Thug, I ain’t addressing this shit/I caught him in my dressing rooms stealing dresses and shit”), DJ Khaled (“I had to cancel DJ Khaled, we ain’t speaking / Ain’t no fat n****a telling me what he ain’t eating”), and more.
Addressing the song on her Beats 1 “Queen Radio” program, Nicki said, “You guys know that’s not a diss, right. I love them. I said things about people who can take a joke and not be emotional about it.”
Producers on the album include Murda Beatz, Zaytoven, Metro Boomin, Mike Will Made It, Boi1da, and more.