It’s been six years since the Queen Barb released a mixtape which prompted her fans to ask, “What’s good, Nicki?” During an interview with Billboard, the “Itty Bitty Piggy” rapper announced that she’s planning to return to that lane of music in the near future, seeking to add to her discography which includes Playtime Is Over, Sucka Free, and Beam Me Up Scotty.
“I’ll definitely drop a mixtape,” she said. “I have to.” The imminent project will serve as a follow-up to 2009’s Beam Me Up Scotty, which boasted 23-tracks of non-stop delivery from the YMCMB cohort, and featured guest spots from Lil Wayne, Bobby V, Drake, and Busta Rhymes.
One of the main reasons for getting back on the mixtape circuit was her desire to set an example for female emcees.”I’m at the top of that food chain, and it’s important to lead by example. And because I came into the game doing mixtapes, I want to make sure women do not forget the importance of that grind, that walk up to the top,” she said. “You can’t get there with a song. Because once that song is no longer hot, you’re no longer hot. It’s important that you are bigger than your music. Some fans are going to fu*k with me for the rest of my life because they know where I came from. Fans know my struggle. How hungry I was. That I was not settling, I was not giving up. I was on everybody’s beat. I was ruthless.”
The forthcoming mixtape serves as the follow-up to Minaj’s widely-successful album The Pinkprint. The third studio project sold over 600,000 copies and debuted at No. 2 on the US Billboard 200 chart.