News: Nicki Minaj Talks "Pink Friday" Direction, "It Would Be Fraudulent To Rap The Same Way & Look The Same Way" [Video]
Sunday, Aug 8, 2010 11:04PM
Young Money rapper Nicki Minaj has offered more details on her upcoming Pink Friday solo debut and said the project will show off her growth as an emcee over the past three years.
Minaj credits 2009 as a turning point in her career and said it would be reflected on the LP.
"Things happen really quickly, and you should take a moment and absorb it," she says in a Live Q&A with Billboard.com on Friday (Aug 6). "To be honest, the last year of my life, I can't tell you where it began and ended, or what happened in between. I can't remember dates, I just keep going. I didn't realize things would move so quickly...Life is about growth and I don't want to remain the same my whole life -- I want to be able to change. I respect people that love '07 Nicki, and I'm definitely going to give you some stuff on 'Pink Friday,' I won't forget anybody. But I have to be true to me -- I started seeing different things, going to different places, eating different things. It would be fraudulent to rap the same way and look the same way, because I'm not the same. Period." (Singersroom)
Recently, Minaj said the overall debut has even surpassed her own expectations.
"The album is progressing miraculously, I would say," Minaj said in an interview. "It's coming out way better than I could even have imagined or dreamed or hoped for...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...I've been having a really great time...I have a record called 'Right Through Me' that I think will be a standout. 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...It's just really insightful but in a very conversational kind of way." (MTV)
Last week, Minaj announced the title of her new LP via an online broadcast.
The Young Money rapper has dubbed her debut album Pink Friday, she revealed to her fans via Ustream. The highly-anticipated project is set for release on November 23, the Tuesday before Black Friday in the U.S. That is traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year when Americans flock to stores to begin their Christmas shopping. "To carry on a great traditionof Black Friday, we are going to switch it up this year in honor of the Nicki Minaj album and call that day Pink Friday, and call my album Pink Friday," Nicki announced in her British accent. She then signed off with her signature greeting. "It's Barbie, b*tch!" (Rap-Up)
In July, Minaj revealed Black Eyed Peas' frontman Will.i.am would be involved in the project.
"I don't want to say too much, but I just did some work with will.i.am," Minaj said in an interview. "Just something for my album that I'm really excited about. The album is much more emotional than you anticipate, which is a great thing. 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." (Entertainment Weekly)
Check out Nicki Minaj's interview below: