The wait is over: Nicki has drawn a river Queen from her deck of illusions. Like Drake before her, any album she drops will alienate a segment of her audience. Gone is the transitive “Pink” theme we’ve grown accustomed to. Enter Nicki, expert of the Antiquities, in the 4th term of her totalitarian regime.
On Queen, the reigning monarch is her playful self. She teases innuendo and causal links to borderline relationships. In regards to Eminem, they tussle for a bit on “Majesty,” but barely long enough for a crowd to come sailing. Nicki even realizes a childhood dream by invoking Foxy Brown on the final measures. Foxy’s Broken Silence was a record that shaped the way she envisioned her career unfolding. If Nicki is Foxy’s Brown musical progeny, where does the line pass from here?
It may be too soon to level off balanced of opinion of Nicki’s 4th album, the day of its release. Within the coming days we’ll be able to gauge whether her arduous stop-and-go treatment of the album was well intended or not. Nicki Minaj promises to upset somebody in the process, because on some level she represents a heliocentric view of modern rap.