The queen is back, and Nicki Minaj dropped the surprise single “Yikes,” bringing heat to her new, fire-spewing single. Just as The Queen dropped her new single Friday, her former self released a new track called “Believe,” featuring Justin Timberlake. No stranger to controversy, The Queen has stirred things further, with fans suggesting that the surprise single, Yikes, is directed at her former self, Meek Mill, who the singer has been openly feuding with over social media.

Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj

Fast-forward to today, and Nicki Minaj has been making news lately for once again openly calling out The Recording Academy for throwing out a song by Nicki Minaj, Super Freaky Girl, in the Rap category at the next years GRAMMY Awards in 2023. As the starships crooner shared a screenshot of a opinion article entitled Why Nicki Minaj is One of the Greatest Of All Time, Twitter users called her sleazy for pushing the opinion article, which claimed the contributions Cardi and Megan Thee Stallion made to rap were insufficient to fill the perceived void Nickis presence. Elsewhere, though, Nicki Minaj has been under fire lately for throwing mud on female counterparts in rap, including Cardi and Megan Thee Stallion.

It was not enough that she rubbed off Drake and DJ Khaled over the Queen song Barbie Dreams, and now Nicki Minaj is royally on fire over the video to her new album-opener, Ganja Burn. Easily Queens single most enjoyable track, Barbie Dreams finds Nicki Minajs playful rantings against just about every rapper currently out there that does not feature on the album (so you are covered, Eminem and Future). Well, Nicki Minaj surprised — released her new Queen album on Friday, and almost every single track has some sort of reason for everybodys mouths to perk up.

Nicki Minaj has a knack for rapping the ass off of people, and she is about to prove to the world exactly why she is been Queen for so many years. In years past, Nicki delivering would be the fiery verses and the freestyles, but it is now obvious that Minaj is content being pigeonholed into a pop category and filling in her own space, she is no longer spitting memorable stuff. The remix of Nicki Minajs Plane Jane is one she needs to keep going in 2018, and either she needs to drop some hot singles or this long-awaited album that she is been teasing.

After taking four years off, Nicki Minaj needs to drop a strong body of work that moves away from the radio-friendly singles if she wants to regain her crown as queen. She is been working her way through the music industry since she was only a high schooler, attending one of New Yorks five boroughs top performing arts high schools. Minaj is also the first woman to ascend to the very top of the rap game, not just as a star, but also as a business entity.

The newcomer to the rap scene has a few impressive accolades to brag about herself, as her breakout hit Bodak Yellow allowed Cardi to become the first female rapper since Lauryn Hill to reach the top spot on Billboards Hot 100 chart, and recently made history as well, becoming the only rapper and the third artist in history to hit the Top 10 three times simultaneously, a feat that has not been achieved yet by Nick Minaj himself.

All is well and good, however, from the promo queens perspective, as the Nicki Minaj name has never left the news cycle, whether it is via Twitter or her recently launched radio show, where she has been so generously doling out the Cock Sucka of the day award (and many others). I do not think she has a coherent message about Queen, though, as she seems full of contradictions right now, according to her Elle interview – like, disdaining using sexuality for money, while simultaneously dropping Queen, putting breasts out on a cover. There does not appear to be any official date when Nicki Minaj and her new husband, Kenneth Zoe, will be married, but she did talk about getting her wedding license in her Queen radio interview from Aug. 12.

As if the Biggie call-outs on Ganja Burn and sampled beats on Barbie Dreams were not enough, Nicki Minajs direct references to that song are enough here–and if you were unfortunate enough to be one of the rappers she was trotting out on that previous track, you will know to be afraid to have it pulled out by that beat. During her Queen Radio Station airing Saturday on Apple Musics Beats 1, Nicki Minaj dropped the freestyle track. Titled “We Go Up,” the new single features Foreigner of Fivio, and is the only Nicki single leading up to her forthcoming album, one that the Barbz are anxiously anticipating.

The rapper teased the track previously at the Pollstar Live event in LA, confirmed the single was merely a promotional drop before the first official single off of her forthcoming project. Several singles – including Chun-Li and Ariana Grande-featured Bed – blasted through radio in the months leading up to the albums drop, but Queen boasts 19 tracks total, replete with the colorful, inventive rhymes that have defined Nicki Minajs career. Queen, which dropped unexpectedly last Friday, features contributions from Ed Sheeran, Eminem, Ariana Grande, and Lil Wayne, among others.

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