As Nicki Minaj preps her fourth studio album, the rap queen says she’s aiming for a certified hip-hop classic.
Speaking with DJ Whoo Kid, the “No Frauds” MC explained her mission with her first album since 2014’s The Pinkprint. “That’s next on my bucket list,” she said, “to deliver my fourth album and make sure that it’s a classic hip-hop album that people will never forget.”
Although she didn’t say whether it’s done or not, Nicki did claim that it will be her best yet. “I know it’s going to be my best body of work and I always love to be in real time, see my fans reacting to something,” she added. “That’s what I’m looking forward to now. Obviously, I’m not telling them when my album is coming out, but I know that it’s gonna be amazing because I want to thank the people who’ve rocked with me for all of these years.”
Adding to this, Nicki said she continues to strive for improvement because she doesn’t want to let her fan base down. “My fans are a different level of die-hard,” she said. “I always feel like I gotta make them proud. I gotta go hard. I gotta impress them. They always waiting for me. That’s a blessing in itself.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Nicki spoke about what it was like to reunite with her Young Money brothers Drake and Lil Wayne at the Billboard Music Awards, where Drizzy won a record-setting 13 awards.
“It just felt so nostalgic,” she explained. “I don’t know if people remember. That’s how we used to accept awards before. Every time I would win my award from BET, Best Female Rapper, I would bring up the whole team. We always used to be so unified.”
That unity is still there, according to Nicki, who says that they continue to grow together. “We feed off of each other,” she said. “No matter how big Drake has gotten, no matter how much of a legend Wayne is, it’s amazing that when we all get together, we still feed off of each other and we still are so proud of each other and the whole Young Money movement.”