Nicki Minaj recently dropped her highly-anticipated album Queen, which is inspired by Dancehall music.
The Trinidadian rapper unveiled the 19-track record on Apple’s Beats 1 radio where she gave a song-by-song analysis of her new LP.
On the track “Inspirations Outro,” Minaj shares the artists who inspired the project which included a slew of Dancehall and Soca entertainers.
“Capleton, Beenie Man, Mavado, uh oh / Sizzla Kalonji, [Vybz] Kartel, Buju, go so / Supercat, all over his Ferragamo, I know / Destra Garcia, Machel Montano, Jah know / Ninja Man, Lady Saw, Spice, Tanya, Patra / DJ pull up, Bounty Killer, uh-huh / Bunji Garlin, Fay-Ann Lyons,” she sings.
“Anything we wear, girl gwan try on (okay) / Bless up, Bob Marley, yes, king lion / Marchin’ with Lauryn Hill to Zion / Caribbean tings what I am / Me and Fox gettin’ paper like we ink dryin.”
Another interesting track, “Barbie Dreams,” has been singled out for featuring criticism of rappers including the likes of Drake, DJ Khaled and her ex Meek Mill. However, the Hip Hop star said she was simply joking around.
Queen follows singles “Barbie Tingz” and “Chun-Li,” which were released in April. Its release was originally slated for 15 June before being pushed to 17 August due to clearance issues over a sample of a Tracy Chapman song.
Queen is Nicki Minaj’s first record since 2014 release The Pinkprint.