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Queen

Album by Nicki Minaj
2018, 19 tracks, 1 hour 11 mins 43 sec

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Feb 01, 2019

Nicki Minajs ‘Queen’ Contains Much To Like, Yet Her Empire Remains Under Siege

From obscurity to mainstream appeal, female Hip Hop has always been a head scratcher for me. The door is open, no doubt, but that access point leads to a single-seater throne room, I feel, rather than a forum. I have always found it absurd that for nearly a decade now, it has all been about Nicki. Where was the support for other women rappers? Nicki Minaj is that enigma of a mainstream rapper – who possessed a real underground battle style starting out, yet seemed to sell her Hip Hop soul initially for the bonanza that Pop crossovers promised. I can’t fault her – Hip Hop became about money at all costs – even if that meant singing Synth Pop. Plus, you gotta think about what was on the radio, as she was competing with the candy coated excesses of Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift. In the rap world, all support went to Nicki, and her rap style was adopted several years later by a crop of other plastic cookie cutter girl rappers – eventually, the strip club would become synonymous with the trap – while Nicki would be tested for the first time, by Remy Ma, who brought a realer NY vibe, and Cardi B, who might have been a stripper rapper at first, yet soon became bankable on unique personality alone. Cardi has come closest to dethroning her in the public eye, and by now, it is more a popularity contest than anything else. So lets talk facts then. Queen is my favorite thing that she has done, though admittedly, I never cared a whole lot for her other albums. She certainly out raps Cardi B here – but again to my main point – why is there such limited space for girls in rap, that two rappers with completely different styles must be the queen or bust?

Written by @taylor

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Album Info

"Queen"

Released

  • Aug 10, 2018

Genres

  • Rap
  • R&B

Label

  • Young Money
  • Cash Money
  • Republic

Producer

  • Nicki Minaj
  • Lil Wayne (exec.)
  • Beats Bailey
  • Ben Billions
  • Domenic Garofalo
  • Big Juice
  • Blank
  • Boi-1da
  • Ashley "Blank" Bannister
  • Chris Braide
  • Cirkut
  • Cubeatz
  • DJ Wes
  • Eminem
  • Frank Dukes
  • Illmind
  • Invincible
  • J Beatzz
  • JFK
  • J Gramm
  • JMIKE
  • J. Reid
  • June Nawakii
  • Kane Beatz
  • Labrinth
  • Lowkey
  • Mel and Mus
  • Messy
  • Metro Boomin
  • Mike Will Made It
  • Murda Beatz
  • Pluss
  • Rex Kudo
  • Ringo
  • Sevn Thomas
  • Sool
  • Supa Dups
  • Zaytoven

Studio

  • Glenwood Place Studios
  • (Burbank, California)
  • Criteria Studios
  • (Miami, Florida)
  • Effigy Studios
  • (Detroit, Michigan)
  • Jungle City Studios
  • (New York City)
  • Studio La Grande Armée
  • (Paris, France)
  • Kingdom Recording
  • (Beverly Hills, California)
  • SremmLife Studios
  • (Los Angeles, California)
  • Germano Studios
  • (New York City)
  • Premier Studios
  • (New York City)

About

Queen is the fourth studio album by Trinidadian-born American rapper Nicki Minaj. It was released on August 10, 2018, through Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records and Republic Records. It is Minaj's first album in nearly four years, following The Pinkprint (2014). The rapper started recording the album in late 2016, and throughout 2017 and 2018, she collaborated with a handful of producers and songwriters to reach her desired sound. It features guest appearances by rappers Eminem, Foxy Brown, 6ix9ine, Future, Swae Lee, and Lil Wayne; and singers Ariana Grande, Labrinth, and The Weeknd. Musically, it is a hip hop album that incorporates elements of pop and R&B.
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