Nicki Minaj’s long-awaited ‘Queen’ is finally here

Hip hop’s royal majesty is back for her throne.

It’s been a long (and messy) journey for Nicki Minaj’s Queen. But after multiple date delays and an allegedly unapproved sample, the rap star’s fourth full-length finally arrived last Friday. And let’s just say the record was worth the wait.

Bursting at the seams with 19 tracks, Queen is a collection of epic rap beats featuring Minaj’s sleek rhymes and cameos from The Weeknd, Eminem, Ariana Grande, Lil Wayne and Foxy Brown, among others.

Minaj is at the top of her game here, both in rapping and singing. Although the album’s less rambunctious than her entire discography—there’s barely any of her eccentric alter-egos here, apart from Chun-Li—the record’s probably one of Minaj’s most consistent in years.

Highlights from the LP include the Swae Lee-assisted cut, “Chun Swae,” and “Barbie Dreams.” The latter, which Minaj’s confirmed isn’t a diss track (or is it?), hears the rapper taking a hit at her famous friends including Drake, DJ Khaled and Young Thug, over a sample of Biggie’s “Just Playing (Dreams).” “Drake worth a hundred milli, he always buyin’ me shit / But I don’t know if the pussy wet or he cryin’ and shit,” she spits.

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Do you think Minaj’s reclaimed her throne as queen of rap? Stream the entire album below to decide:

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