Lemme just start this off by saying, I’m pretty open about my distaste for Nicki Minaj as well as her fans. And while this post may come off as unbiased and maybe even “hating”, I can assure you I’m only speaking from an objective point of view (kinda lol). So let’s get started.
August 10th was the official release date of Nicki Minaj’s 4th studio album, QUEEN. The date of this release is significant because it came after several album pushbacks from the artist. Whenever there’s multiple pushbacks for a major project like this, you know theres some kind of drama between an artist and their team on either the rollout of the project or just the music in general, so I think that’s key. It’s also important to note that 2018 has been a busy year for Minaj. We’ve seen her on multiple big features such as “Motorsport”, “FEFE”, “Big Bank” and “The Light is Coming”. And with an album out, you can attribute that to her team wanting her to be in the public eye as much as possible. Especially because she had been relatively quiet since her last album, The Pinkprint.
So it sounds like Nicki is having a good year right? Wrong. With 185,121 total album equivalent units, 77,836 pure album sales and a streaming count of 128,699,810, Nicki’s fourth studio album nabs the No. 2 spot. Now for most artists, that would be a great first week number, but for a superstar like Nicki Minaj, that’s very unpleasing. Especially when rappers like Travis Scott sold over 500k first week that same week to solidify the number one spot. And this is where the shit show starts.
So where should we start? The random beef with her ex boyfriend and former business partner SAFAREE? Or the beef with DJ Self? How bout the one with Spotify? Or how about the sudden hate for Travis Scott? They all scream one thing, Nicki needs attention.
One thing I commend new artists on is the ability to turn any kind of negative attention into album sales, and I think this is what Nicki is trying to do; the only issue is ITS NOT WORKING. She just looks crazy. But I can’t be the only one who knows the real reason why she’s doing all this. Nicki knows just like we all know that her reign as the supreme ruler over Female Rap is over. With Cardi B selling 200k+ first week earlier this year, the first domino fell when it comes to the end of the Minaj era. Cardi’s had two Number 1’s this year, while Nicki’s singles cant even compete. Her twitter outbursts as well as her drug-like erratic behavior are just a cry for attention and it’s done nothing but turn people off to her. She seems bitter that she’s not being praised for everything she does anymore, and instead of being grateful and humble for her past success, she’s decided to play victim.