Nicki Minaj gives the 411 on her forthcoming project—her sophomore album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded which drops April 3.
The Harajuku Barbie is in promotion mode for her anticipated album as her true-to-form wacky, edgy, and definitely different, cover art for the pending LP has been pushed out. Lil’ Wayne’s protÃ©gÃ© looks like a caricature of her everyday self times twenty as she poses topless with globs of colorful paint smattered across her nude body and face. And let’s not forget the bleach blonde hair. But it’s provocative, right?
Meanwhile, Barbz is adamant that she is not vested in being boxed in as a rapper or singer because what she does along with the upcoming record “has no boundaries.”
Here are some excerpts from the VIBE interview:
Is there a greater percentage of rap than singing on Roman Reloaded?
I’m not going to break my album down based on percentage of rap and singing. What it is, is amazing music. And what it is, is music that I created and I had a blast making and it’s going to be very free and exhilarating.
What direction is it going in?
It’s going in a very free, exhilarating direction in terms of me owning who I am and me enjoying the process of making music. I think that when you get the album you’ll feel as if I had absolutely no boundaries. That’s probably the best way to explain it so that you understand. The album just has no boundaries. The album cannot be boxed in.
I just want to get a sense of what type of balance the album has.
You know what, I cannot break my album down into how the normal person like yourself would break an album down and say, well this is rap and this is pop. There is no rap or pop for me. It’s Nicki Minaj. It’s one collective body of amazing work. You’ll feel it. I don’t like the labels because sometimes just by one word or one label, a person can take that the wrong way and apply a negative spin to that. So I don’t give my music labels.
This should be interesting, right?
Time will tell what the masses beyond her Barbies (we already know what they will think) will think of this undefined genre of music, but it seems Minaj is doing her part ensuring her music isn’t within certain boundaries—reportedly she is looking to once again work with pop princess Britney Spears.
According to Spears’ fan site, Minaj has enlisted the “Slave” singer-performer to hop on her “Masquerade” track. If so, this wouldn’t be the first for the duo, Minaj spit a verse on Britney’s “Till The World Ends” and they toured together. Though we think the “Hit Me Baby One More Time” then-Spears would have been fire, this collabo wouldn’t be a bad fit still.