Young Money‘s Nicki Minaj has explained her decision to keep fans yearning for her debut album and why she does not feel pressured to pre-maturely drop the solo project.
According to Nicki, her rap buzz has continued to grow throughout hip-hop.
“I’ve gotten great feedback from artists I look up to and never thought I’d work with,” she explained in an interview. “They’re already in line to be on the project. But it’s like, ‘Do I want to put out a debut album with a thousand features on it or do I wanna finally showcase Nicki?’ I’m not worried about features at all…With the album, I think it’s more important that people get accustomed to seeing a female rapper again. Before I drop an album, people need to come out and see. People don’t even know what a female rapper does. We’re so not used to seeing it. It’s nonexistent in categories. We don’t get nominated. I need to work [the people] up to accepting a female rapper again and accepting my style and all of that — then the album will come. Honestly, I’d love to put an album out this year, but I don’t believe in rushing things either.” (MTV)
Last December, Minaj said she was aiming to drop a “classic” debut.
“The [album], that’s what I’m actually getting ready to work on because I’ve been on the road for such a long time, I’m taking a complete hiatus for the next couple months, unfortunately, for all the promoters giving crazy offers,” Minaj told DJ Whoo Kid. “And I’ve been turning every one because I have to put my foot down for the next few months and deliver a classic album and I already have stuff and I can’t wait for the world to hear. All the stuff we talk about is fun and games and all that but the music is what’s most important and I don’t want all the people to be distracted by the other stuff and so I’m gonna take a break and when I come back you guys will have some very, very great music.” (Radio Planet TV)
Minaj hinted at her hard work ethic in an interview late last year.
“Well Trina is also doing her thing,” Nicki said in an interview. “To answer whether I feel pressure, of course I do and I’m a perfectionist and I want that to be, you know, I want this buzz to meet everybody’s expectations, surpass everybody’s expectations of the people that do support me. Because you got so many people that don’t support you, but to the ones that do, they look at me and they see big things and I don’t want to disappoint them. So to say I don’t have pressure, I’d be lying, I do. I feel it all the time, I feel like yo, I have to make this a masterpiece.” (“On-Air Idiot Show”)
According to Nicki, her solo debut will offer a universal appeal with a variety of sounds.
“As far as the album, I’ve been working on my album for a very long time,” Nicki explained in an interview. “It’s being released in the first quarter of next year. And in the meantime, the Young Money compilation album will be out this year. And I’m getting ready to shoot a video for the first single, so you guys can look out for that, it’s gonna be crazy. I’ve been doing a lot of features, you know, a lot of features for a lot of artists and their albums. And that’s about it,Beam Me Up Scotty has been very well-received…The album is gonna be geared to everybody. Everybody in the world, not just people in Southside Jamaica, Queens [New York] — but it’s gonna be more of a universal record, no pun intended. It’s gonna be pop-sounding stuff, rock-sounding stuff, hip-hop-sounding stuff, just an experimentation…” (Honey Mag)
Check out a recent Nicki Minaj interview below: