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"Queen" Nicki Minaj

by Bridgette Babb - Copy Editor
Tue, Sep 4th 2018 11:00 pm

Rapper Nicki Minaj’s long awaited fourth album “Queen” is still receiving a lot of buzz, but not for the reason you may think. Being a Nicki fan, I was excited to hear she was releasing a new album after four years. Since the album’s release, I have listened to the album multiple times and I was left  disappointed.

With Nicki Minaj being a  seasoned rapper in the game, my expectations were high. Don’t get me wrong, there were a few good selections out of nineteen songs that gave me that 2007 “Beam me up scotty” vibes. On the contrary however, the album as a whole felt very unfinished, which could be due to the fact that she finished minutes before the release. She might have felt that she needed to rush due to pushing it back a couple times already, but I believe with another month of work it would have been a lot more dynamic.

By adding the song “FEFE” by 6ix9ine to the album last minute, it shows how the rapper is just trying to boost her sales. How can you add a song to your album that you just had a feature in? That made the album even more of a flop in my opinion because the song was not the best.

To add to this debacle of an album, Nicki had the nerve to get upset when her album came second to Travis Scott’s “Astroworld” on Billboard’s Top 100. She went on a complete rant on twitter, saying Kylie and the album bundle sales Travis did were the main reason he was beating her on the charts. I rarely listen to his music and even I know his album was better than what she produced. She also needed to take into account that his album was out a while before Queen was even released, so it had more exposure.

Who knows, maybe her picking fights with Travis Scott could be a publicity stunt to create buzz about her project, good or bad. Nicki has had her last two albums come second the first week, so I am not really sure why this time it was such a big display of her acting out. One thing I can appreciate about Nicki is although some of the songs were not my cup of tea, all the beats were fire. You can tell the person whole helped her produce really took the time out to get every drum snare and bass note perfect.

That being said, “Barbie Dreams,” “Coco Chanel” featuring Foxy Brown and “Inspirations Outro” were the best songs on the album. Foxy is one of the legendary women of hip hop from the 90’s era, so to have that kind of flow on a song in this time was a smart move on Nicki’s part. I might not think this is her best album, but I’ll still listen to it because I am a barb for life.

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