Nicki Minaj Pushes Album Back

Rap diva Nicki Minaj pushed her long-awaited, fourth album, entitled Queen, back to August.

Minaj had this to say about the push-back, which came as a surprise to many of her fans–lots of whom have been waiting for a new Minaj album. “Queen” will be her first LP since 2014’s The Pinkprint, which went double platinum.

“The album itself I think I want to put out on August 10,” Nicki said on Instagram Live. “I want to put out my second single, which I’m really, really excited about, and I want to now start an official countdown. I also want to do some things where I invite some of my actual fans to the studio and listen to the album and listen to the songs.”

Minaj earlier in May took what some perceived to be a jab at her rumored nemesis, Cardi B., who currently sits atop the Hip Hop throne:

“I’m the bad guy and I wanted to make sure bitches knew that the bad guy is here, Minaj told E! News in May. “Album dropping June 15th. It’s called Queen.”

Minaj recently adopted the name “Chun-Li”, a reference to the most popular female combatant in the Street Fighter video game series.