In early August Nicki Minaj dropped her highly anticipated album Queen. If you’re one of the Barbz, you’ll understand just how excited and proud I was to hear what Auntie Nicki has been cooking up in the studio. It took enough time, didn’t it? This album has been on repeat non stop for me. Love it or hate it, you must admit that Minaj did her thang on this one. If you can’t agree, you’re just in denial and that’s just the tea. With this album, Minaj’s crown will never slip or fall.
It seems like most of the world agrees with me in saying that Queen is a masterpiece. With this album and two features of the summer, (“FEFE” and “Big Bank”) Minaj has become the female artist to land the most songs on the top 100 of Apple Music with 21 songs on the chart. All the songs from Queen and two features entered the charts, without a ghostwriter too! She did not have to snap like this, especially in track number three, titled “Barbie Dreams.” Not to mention, Queen is the most streamed album in the world on Apple Music. How does one do that when their album was supposed to flop? The 19-track album makes it clear that Minaj is still number one. Not, what’s her name– Oh, yeah Cardi (Does she still make music?), and definitely not Remy Ma. There’s no shade in that, it’s just the truth.
I’m never the one to choose favorites, however, I will say that Minaj went OFF in “Barbie Dreams,” “LLC,” and “Good Form.”
Inspired by Notorious B.I.G.’s 1993 song, “Just Playing (Dreams),” Nicki drops 31 names in “Barbie Dreams.” Throughout the song, sarcastic Minaj is living. She cracks jokes about men in the rap industry that aren’t on her level sexually, DJ Khaled’s unpopular opinion on giving and receiving (if you know what I mean), Young Thug’s cross dressing tendencies, her non existent relationship with Drake, her sunken relationSHIP with Meek Mill, and even Odell Beckham’s fine self (“And I would’ve had that Odell Beckham banging the cake/ Til I saw him hopping out of cars dancing to Drake.”). Don’t worry, it’s all jokes with no smoke.
If you haven’t already, make sure you stream Queen on Apple Music, Spotify, and Tidal, and purchase the album on Itunes.
What’s your favorite lyric from the 19 songs on Queen? Let me know in the comment section.
Jada Daniel, Senior, Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep