Nicki Minaj is making some bold claims about her upcoming fourth album as she hopes to “win big.”
Minaj is hard at work on her fourth studio album. While the album currently remains untitled, she is pretty confident that this will be her absolute best material of her career, which she proclaimed recently on Whoolywood Shuffle on SiriusXM’s Shade 45.
“Win more and win big — that’s what I’m gonna do,” Minaj said, of her plans for her upcoming album and her future at large. “My goal right now is just releasing this fourth album and watching my fans react to it, because I know it’s going to be my best body of work, and I always love to in real time see my fans reacting to something, so that’s what I’m looking forward to now… That’s next on my bucket list — to deliver my fourth album and make sure that it’s a classic hip-hop album that people will never forget.”
Minaj took time out to give appreciation for her diehard fans.
“I’m not telling them when my album is coming out, but I just know that I’m doing — it’s gonna be amazing because I want to thank the people who rocked with me all these years,” she explained. “My fans are a different level of diehard, so I always feel like I gotta make them proud. I gotta impress them, ’cause they’re always waiting for me.”
Those fans helped Minaj break a huge record in March, having the most singles chart on the Billboard Hot 100 for any female artist in history, beating the legendary Aretha Franklin. She has charted a whopping 77 songs, which is ninth overall behind the likes of Kanye West, Drake, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, and Jay Z.
Despite releasing many singles and featuring on dozens and dozens of tracks for other artists, Minaj has only released three studio albums thus far. Her first album, Pink Friday, was released in 2010 and debuted at No. 1, followed by its spiritual sequel, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, in 2012, which also debuted at No. 1. She released The Pinkprint in 2014, her most critically acclaimed album yet. In total, Minaj has received 10 Grammy nominations since 2011, including Best New Artist and Best Rap Album, though she has yet to win.
The rapper has released three singles so far in 2017, including “No Frauds,” “Regret in Your Tears,” and “Changed It.” She has released music videos for “No Frauds” and “Regret in Your Tears.” It remains to be seen if this trio of songs will be included in Minaj’s fourth album, which does not yet have a release date.
Minaj also spoke with Whoolywood Shuffle about her relationship with Lil Wayne and his record label, Young Money, which she often name-drops in her verses.
“Wayne is so proud of his artists, as he should be; he’s proud of Young Money,” Minaj said. “Even when he takes a little break, that name is still out here being repped. Mostly every feature I do, I make sure and say Young Money because it’s still the movement, and the fans still love that.”
Minaj discussed reuniting with Lil Wayne and Drake at the Billboard Music Awards just a few weeks ago, and how she felt inspired from seeing Drake pick up so many awards.
“It was just another great feeling, another dope moment, because we feed off each other no matter how big Drake has gotten, no matter how much of a legend Wayne is, it’s amazing that when we all get together, we still feed off of each other and we’re still so proud of each other,” she explained.
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