Nicki Minaj made her name as a chameleon, with an ever-changing look and a pliable character enhancing tracks from Usher, Mariah Carey, and Christina Aguilera, just to name a few. With her debut album due Nov. 23, she’s finally making a solo splash, and this week rode addictively-Autotuned second single “Your Love” to No. 1 on Billboard’s rap charts. The track samples the 1995 Annie Lennox hit “No More I Love Yous,” but Minaj – who was a pre-teen when that song came out – says she barely knows Lennox’s music. “I was a fan of her fashion,” Minaj says. “I was so little [in her heyday], so I just remember her image. That particular song stood out, because that beat is insane.”Young Money’s
Meanwhile, her untitled debut is still coming together. When asked if there’s anything new to announce, Minaj smiles coyly, and confesses a tiny tidbit: “I don’t want to say too much, but I just did some work with will.i.am.” Production work? A guest vocal of some sort? “Just something for my album that I’m really excited about,” is all she’ll say.
She’ll happily elaborate on the project as a whole. “The album is much more emotional than you anticipate, which is a great thing,” Minaj says. “And I know women are gonna connect to the album so much. I felt like for so many years I was the girl who did the catchy little raps, and it’s time for me now to tell my story, and in telling my story, I’m really telling every girl’s story. We all go through the same thing. So the album is gonna feel very personal to every female.”
What do you think, Mixers? Excited to see Minaj transform into a solo hitmaker? Are you digging “Your Love”? And if you were to make Minaj an educational Annie Lennox mixtape, what would be on it?
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