Friday 17 August 2018

Rappers line up to praise Nicki Minaj’s new album Queen

Minaj has dropped her long awaited record Queen.

Nicki Minaj’s fellow rappers have praised her new album Queen (Ian West/PA)
Nicki Minaj’s fellow rappers have praised her new album Queen (Ian West/PA)

By Andrew Arthur, Press Association Entertainment Reporter

UK grime artists Wiley and Lady Leshurr are among those to have praised US rapper Nicki Minaj after her long-awaited album Queen was released.

Minaj, 35, put out her fourth LP and the follow-up to 2014’s The Pinkprint after its release had been delayed from the originally announced date of June 15.

The 19-track album features guest appearances from fellow rappers Eminem, Lil Wayne and Foxy Brown, as well as singer Ariana Grande.

Minaj and her latest album began trending on Twitter with fans posting their reaction to the much anticipated album.

Among those to lavish praise upon Queen was Lady Leshurr, who wrote: “Nah the best.  Flow, melodies, punchlines, charisma. I’m gassed.  Coming at everybody’s neck.”

Another female rapper Angel Haze singled out the track Barbie Dreams, which she said “just gave me all my teenage feels”.

Another British rapper Wiley joined those giving the album a positive reception.

Wiley, real name Richard Cowie, posted a picture of Queen’s track listing on his Instagram profile in an apparent tribute. He was also seen retweeting other fan’s delighted verdicts.

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US rapper Ze Taylor claimed Queen had cemented Minaj’s place as “the best female rapper ever”.

He added: No one will ever take her spot until she’s ready and she proved that on Queen.”

Minaj appeared to be calling out other MCs on Barbie Dreams, which contains seemingly unflattering references to Drake and record producer DJ Khaled.

However, Minaj denied the song was a diss track on her radio programme Queen Radio on Apple’s Beats 1 station.

She told listeners: “You guys know that’s not a diss, right. I love them. I said things about people who can take a joke and not be emotional about it.”

She also revealed in a response to one of her jubilant fans that one of her new songs Come See About Me made her “cry every time” that she listens to it.

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