Nicki Minaj wants the world to know that she has stepped up her pen game on the forthcoming The Pinkprint album. The YMCMB rapper tells Rolling Stone her third studio album will be a greater artistic piece of work than her previous projects.
“It’s the best album I’ve ever done,” says Nicki.
The Pinkprint comes after 2010’s Pink Friday and 2012’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. Nicki’s debut album got mostly positive responses from critics, but the sequel received a majority of mixed to negative reviews. PF:RR‘s Metacritic rating is 60/100, and the album was panned by The Los Angeles Times, NME, Slant, and Consequence of Sound.
So far this year, the Queens representative has released the singles “Pills N Potions” and “Anaconda.” Both tracks have crossed the 60 million view count on YouTube with “Anaconda” raking up over 160 million views in just three weeks.
Young Money’s First Lady suggests the collective tracks on The Pinkprint will be different from what the public experienced on PF:RR.
“I don’t think any of these songs could have been on my last album,” Nicki adds. “I’ve grown as a writer.
I’m braver in terms of speaking about things I didn’t feel comfortable sharing two years ago.”
Rolling Stone‘s fall music preview featuring Nicki Minaj appears in the magazine’s September 25 issue. The feature covers Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West’s respective upcoming studio albums as well.