Nicki Minaj’s Barbie army is likely to create a frenzy at stores when the rapper drops her debut LP, Pink Friday, on November 23. Speaking to MTV News on the video set of her Trey Songz collabo, “Bottoms Up,” the Young Money diva updated her fans about how the album is coming along.
“The album is progressing miraculously, I would say,” Minaj said. “It’s coming out way better than I could even have imagined or dreamed or hoped for.”
The Queens MC has made her mark with a slew of collaborations, from her girl-power breakup anthem with Mariah Carey, “Up Out My Face,” to the sexed-up bars she dropped on Usher’s “Lil Freak.” However, the raptress revealed that she’s enjoying the process of creating solo records, where she is the main focus and not just the memorable feature.
“It’s been very exciting to finally just make music that I love and not really having to incorporate myself on someone else’s record,” Minaj said. “I’ve been having a really great time.”
Minaj also singled out a Pink Friday track that she said has the potential to be a major hit.
“I have a record called ‘Right Through Me’ that I think will be a standout,” Minaj said. “It’s not gonna come right now. It’ll come closer to when the album drops, but it’s a really, really pretty song. Everyone’s gonna like it.” The MC also discussed the appeal of the record, saying, “It’s just really insightful but in a very conversational kind of way.”
Minaj also said she’s been mulling how the album cover for her debut will shape up and only revealed that it will be “very fetch.” While the MC remained mum on the details, she did speak about what makes an eye-catching cover.
“[A good album cover is] something that tells your own personal truth,” said Minaj, citing Notorious B.I.G.’s Ready to Die cover as one of her favorites. “Something that’s not just trying to catch someone’s attention, but rather … kind of feels like a part of your soul, a part of your creative expression.”