It might have been four years since Nicki Minaj last dropped a full album, but that doesn’t mean she has slowed down at all. Minaj’s new album Queen is a reminder to everyone that she is still at the top of the rap game.
Queen includes 19 tracks, which some might consider to be too long for an album. But Minaj avoids boring her listeners by changing up her flow and the atomosphere of each track. The album opens with the chill track “Ganja Burns” and then immediately heats up with Eminem’s verse on “Majesty.” “Barbie Dreams,” the song in which Minaj puts so many male rappers in their place, gives off a slower impression for the first two verses and then totally switches to a heavy bass for the third verse. The album continues like this, mixing slower rhythm and flow with strong rap beats.
The album features collabs with many big artists, which contributes to the variety on Queen. Eminem, Lil Wayne, Ariana Grande, The Weeknd and Future are just some of the artists Minaj brought onto the album.
The title of the album could not be more perfect. “Hard White” and “LLC” are all about how Minaj can’t be replaced in the world of rap and anyone who is trying to replace her won’t succeed. Everyone knows Nicki Minaj is the reigning queen.