Nicki Minaj's The Pinkprint: What You Need To Know
It’s been delayed and delayed, but it’s finally here, Nicki Minaj’s long-awaited third album The Pinkprint emerges next Monday (December 15th), here’s everything you need to know about the rapper’s hotly anticipated new album…
What’s The Background?
After she finished touring in support of her second record Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, Minaj spent a year experimenting with a few non-musical endeavours. She starred alongside Leslie Mann, Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton in glossy rom-com The Other Woman, launched a clothing line, two perfumes and served a term as a judge on American Idol. After finished her term on Idol, she returned to her day job and started work on what would become The Pinkprint.
Who’s Producing It?
This being a Nicki Minaj record, all the big guns are lined up. Dr Luke is the most credited with five tracks, but hip-hop maestros Da Internz, hitmaker Alex Da Kid, Yung Berg, Arch Tha Boss and Cirkut pop up all over the credits.
Any Guest Stars?
Just a few. The biggest name is Drake, who helps out on ‘Only’, along with Lil Wayne and Chris Brown. Then there's Jessie Ware, who adds her lovely voice to ‘The Crying Game’. Ariana Grande and Beyonce also join in, Grande sings on a cut named ‘Get On Your Knees’, while Yonce joins Minaj for a track called ‘Feeling Myself’. Jeremih, Meek Mill and Skylar Grey also turn up at various points on the record. That’s a lot of guests isn’t it?
What Are The Standout Tracks?
‘Only’ and ‘Anaconda’ are bangers, while Ariana and Beyonce’s turns really amp up their tracks. The undoubted highlight though is ‘Bed Of Lies’, a big stomping ballad with Skylar Grey’s sumptuous vocals placed over the top of Minaj’s caustic musings. It’s incredible.
Nicki Minaj’s new album The Pinkprint is released on Monday (December 15th). You can pre-order the album in hmv stores now.