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Nicki Minaj Previews 'Queen' Doc Coming In August
Earlier this month at the Met Gala, Nicki Minaj let the world know her next album, Queen, can be expected on June 15. On May 29 the GRAMMY nominee took to social media to share a clip from her upcoming the Making Of 'Queen' documentary, which will take us behind the scenes of her latest album and share a glimpse inside her personal life.
The short clip for the documentary provides a peek inside of her inspired rapping in the booth for "Chun-Li," including the lyrics, beats and her vocals. The Trinidadian-born hip-hop artist looks cool and collected before laying down her signature lines on top of what has become the first single from her upcoming fourth studio album.
If you're curious about the album's inspiration, Chun-Li was the first female character in Capcom's "Street Fighter" video games, beginning in 1991, and Minaj' brand-dropping raps encourage picturing her in a fashionable Burberry trenchcoat and other luxury wear. Of course, the game avatar is a stand-in for the player, Minaj herself, who raps about letting the haters view her as a villain while coming across heroic.
Both her latest hit and the single "Barbie Tingz" were released in April, raising hopes for the album we since learned to expect in just a few weeks. The songs were produced by Chevi Muzic's J. Reid, who left his Atlanta home base for a whirlwind 2018, sharing in Minaj's success.
"I was just so stunned," Reid told XXL, about Minaj's flow, jumping from beat to booth freestyling with speed and assuredness. He described the boom-bap beat she chose, an old-school kickdrum-snare feel and praised Minaj's musical mental clarity and depth. "She's fully in control over the creative process."
We'll hear the rest of her album on June 15 and have our chance to see more of what Reid is talking about on Aug. 10, when Minaj's Making Of 'Queen' documentary is expected to debut.