It’s Barbz season. Nicki Minaj debuted two new singles and announced a new album on Thursday — a long-awaited return for the New York rapper and reigning hip-hop queen.
“This is the best album I’ve ever, ever, ever in my life created,” she told Zane Lowe on Beats 1, before dropping tracks “Chun-Li” – a nod to the iconic Street Fighter character — and “Barbie Tingz.”
She also spoke to Lowe about the previous beef between her ex Meek Mill and her Young Money collaborator Drake. “It was one of the hardest parts of my career, to date,” she said. “Because at the time I did love both of them and I couldn’t erase the love that I had for my team, but I also couldn’t speak out… It was difficult to stay out of it. I was behind the scenes of course wishing it never happened. Even prior to it happening I tried to stop it. I said [to Meek], ‘Don’t do that.'”
Though Nicki’s last album, The Pinkprint, dropped in 2014, she’s stayed busy, lending verses to Ariana Grande, Bebe Rexha, DNCE, and Katy Perry, and jumping on a track with Cardi B for Migos’ “Motorsport.” In January, she dropped the diner-set music video for Quavo’s “She for Keeps.”