Nicki Minaj Talks New Album ‘Pink Print': ‘I Feel Like My Story Should Be Told Now’
Just a day after the release of her latest single “Pills n Potion,” Nicki Minaj called in to DJ Flexx and WPGC to talk about her new single, her forthcoming album Pink Print and why the DMV is hands-down one of her favorite places in the country.
Nicki Minaj has already made over her brightly-wigged persona, pushed her music towards the hip-hop route and has been dropping new music in 2014 faster than her Barbz can keep up with. And it’s all for a good reason. Every release leading up to the release of her next album, Pink Print. While a release date hasn’t been set, she assures her fans it will be this year. “When it comes, it’ll be perfect,” she told DJ Flexx during the interview. “[Fans] will get crazy, if at a certain point this album doesn’t come out. I will have to hide from my fans. They will lynch me,” she jokes with a laugh.
This album, she says, is her most personal to date. “For a long time people have gotten to know me but the world doesn’t really know me,” she clarifies, before continuing, “I feel like my story should be told now… I want to have a platform to talk about it [and] I think the album is the best platform for it.”
Fans got a taste of her upcoming album with her latest single “Pills n Potions,” which she says is about how self-medicating the world so they don’t have to deal with reality. “Sometimes you think back and [wonder] ‘What’s really going on, what’s bothering me.’ We mask what’s bothering us,” she says about the song. It’s about having a person in your life and saying “You may have wronged me and hurt me but I’m still having the love I have for you,” she explains.
Don’t expect her new album to be a slew of dance-worthy pop song like “Super Bass” and “Starships.” Minaj is working on her authentic hip-hop sound but unlike what many media outlets say, she doesn’t want to steer clear of the pop genre.
“I didn’t say I didn’t want to do pop music,” she clarifies. “This album definitely won’t have dance music. Everything, whether pop or hip hop, will be authentic. I feel like people won’t care what label or genre.”
As a female rapper who has transcended the lines of hip-hop and pop music, the “Pills n Potions” singer has advice for her fans and supports. “To all the people that love me, please don’t stop dreaming,” she advises. “Don’t stop pursuing your goals. People will tear you down to a point where you believe what they’re saying about you.”
But, it was her persistence and desire to make a name for herself that pushed Minaj to break the music mold. In the beginning of her career, many people didn’t support her a path to success. Except the DMV, of course.
In an enlightened tone, she opened up about her love for the city. “The DMV was one of my biggest markets when I first started. I’m talking about no single on the radio. I was doing shows in the DMV before I was big,” she reminisces. For that support, she has a message for her local fans: “From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your support. I never forgot the energy I got at shows in the DMV area and I can’t wait to come back. ”
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