Pink Friday 2 is officially out. Nicki’s first album in 5 years has officially been placed in our hands, and we couldn’t be more excited. The album showcases her versatility in the ever changing music industry, with features from J. Cole, Lil Wayne, Tate Kobang, Drake, Lourdiz, Lil Uzi Vert, Skillibeng & Skeng, Future, and Tasha Cobbs Leonard.
The 22 track album is nothing short of amazing, as Nicki touches on many personal topics as well as serves up some fun, radio friendly, POP songs. The Queen of Rap is letting the world know that her position is not to be questioned. Have you tapped in?
BY ROB HASKELL / PHOTOGRAPHY BY NORMAN JEAN ROY / STYLED BY MAX ORTEGA
On an evening in late August, just as Donald Trump is getting booked on 13 felony charges at the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta, a sherbet sunset in the western sky casts Santa Monica Boulevard in a Nicki Minaj–pink blush. But Minaj has no time on this day for politics, nor for the soft summer tints gathering outside the windowless sound booth of a Los Angeles recording studio. She is under pressure to hand over a mastered version of “Last Time I Saw You,” a teaser release from her upcoming fifth studio album, and she is nitpicking.
The verses sounded a bit muffled to her ear, so the team sent the track to a mixer, who brightened up the whole thing. But now it’s ping-y and “radio-ish,” she feels, and she swears she hears an ever-so-slight buzz underneath the beat, though no one else is picking up on it. A scholar of her genre and a rigorous wordsmith, she is also a painstaking listener of her own music; she combs through her recordings, rewrites verses, changes up her tone, adds drums, subtracts them. (There were 27 versions of “Anaconda,” her 2014 hit, before she blessed the single.) She presses her engineers to punch up certain words and ensure that every syllable of her raps is clear and comprehensible. Nicki Minaj wants to be understood. “I’m a bit…particular,” she concedes. “Sometimes things that the best engineer in the world wouldn’t hear, I hear. And you know what? I am always right.”
Nicki! That’s all I can really say right now. She did her big one. She served as the host for the night, as well as served us 2 iconic performances. Does it get any better then this? Well… yes! She took home the Moonman for Best Hip Hop, making her the most awarded artist in the category with 5.
For her first performance, she did her first ever live performance of “Last Time I Saw You“. She also previewed “Big Difference“, a fire ass track from her upcoming album Pink Friday 2.
She then closed out the show with a medley to celebrate 50 Years of Hip Hop, with legends like Lil Wayne, LL Cool J, Dougie Fresh and more!
Nicki is back with her latest release from her upcoming album, Pink Friday 2! “Last Time I Saw You” is a smooth Hip Pop track, that has Nicki singing her heart out on the chorus. Check it out below.
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