News: Nicki Minaj Announces Young Money Debut Release Date
Thursday, Jul 8, 2010 5:50PM
Young Money's Nicki Minaj has finally announced a release date for her long-awaited debut album.
Minaj revealed that the solo project would hit stores in November but did not give out an album title.
Nicki Minaj is everywhere, except on her own album. But that's about to change because the breakout star's debut finally has an official release date. Young Money's First Lady will release her as-yet-untitled album during the week of Thanksgiving, known to be the busiest shopping week of the year in the U.S. "Yes. It's time. November 23rd," she told her followers on Twitter. (Rap-Up)
The rapper recently promised to drop the album this fall and allow fans to get more familiar with her.
"The album is coming along just spectacular," Minaj revealed in an interview. "I been doing a lot of work with Swizz [Beatz], and the stuff that we been coming upon is magical. When people hear the album, they're going to get to know Onika [her birth name is Onika Maraj]. And no one knows Onika. I really didn't think I would be this excited about the songs that I'm coming up with. I'm really, really proud...I'm gonna let the album [introduce my alter ego]. As of now, you'll know Nicki and you'll know Roman, my crazy alter ego Roman Zolanski. But you'll meet Onika before the year ends." (MTV)
She also believes the long-awaited debut will make a lane for all female emcees.
"With this album, you got people saying 'Oh that might be too pop for you,' or 'That might be too dance for you,'" she says later. "And I just started meditating on what makes them say that. I think people say those things just because of the past. I have to invent something, to show that a girl can rap over any kind of beat and still be hip-hop." (VIBE)
Last month, two album promo photos were released online.
Nicki Minaj wields her weapons of mass destruction--and a sword--in one of two sexy promo photos for her forthcoming debut album. Hip-Hop's new poster girl commands our attention as a samurai in a pink kimono with yellow hair in one colorful image and packs a punch in a second shot, sporting a sheer black catsuit and orange wig. Come on Barbie, let's go party! (Rap-Up)
Check out Nicki Minaj speaking on her debut album down below: