Did Nicki Minaj‘s sophomore album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, drop this week? No, it didn’t—it actually drops on April 3—but if we didn’t know any better, we would’ve sworn up and down that it dropped this week. With all of the attention that Nicki and the album got, it certainly felt like it did. First, the tracklisting for PFRR dropped last weekend. Then, songs from the album featuring 2 Chainz (“Beez in the Trap”) and Chris Brown (“Right By My Side”) leaked to the Internet—with the first song sparking a gigantic on-air beef between Funkmaster Flex and DJ Clue who bickered over breaking the record. And, finally, Nicki made her way over to Japan late in the week where she was greeted by hundreds of “real” Harajuku Barbies. It really felt like we should have been bumping PFRR all week and worshipping at the altar of Nicki to celebrate her new album release.
But, alas, we still have about two weeks to wait before we can hear the album in its entirety. No worries, though. From the tracklisting to the new songs to the trip to Japan, this week taught us a lot about what we can expect from Nicki and her new album. So we decided to put together a list of the five things that we learned about PFRR this week just based on the events that went down. We might not have the album in our hands just yet. But that doesn’t mean that we don’t know what to expect when we finally do.—Chris Yuscavage