Nicki Minaj drops new hints about her debut album (will.i.am!), needs someone to make her an Annie Lennox mixtape

Nicki-ManajImage Credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty ImagesYoung Money’s Nicki Minaj made her name as a chameleon, with an ever-changing look and a pliable character enhancing tracks from Usher, Mariah Carey, and Christina Aguilera, just to name a few. With her debut album due Nov. 23, she’s finally making a solo splash, and this week rode addictively-Autotuned second single “Your Love” to No. 1 on Billboard’s rap charts. The track samples the 1995 Annie Lennox hit “No More I Love Yous,” but Minaj — who was a pre-teen when that song came out — says she barely knows Lennox’s music. “I was a fan of her fashion,” Minaj says. “I was so little [in her heyday], so I just remember her image. That particular song stood out, because that beat is insane.”

Meanwhile, her untitled debut is still coming together. When asked if there’s anything new to announce, Minaj smiles coyly, and confesses a tiny tidbit: “I don’t want to say too much, but I just did some work with will.i.am.” Production work? A guest vocal of some sort? “Just something for my album that I’m really excited about,” is all she’ll say.

She’ll happily elaborate on the project as a whole. “The album is much more emotional than you anticipate, which is a great thing,” Minaj says. “And I know women are gonna connect to the album so much. I felt like for so many years I was the girl who did the catchy little raps, and it’s time for me now to tell my story, and in telling my story, I’m really telling every girl’s story. We all go through the same thing. So the album is gonna feel very personal to every female.”

What do you think, Mixers? Excited to see Minaj transform into a solo hitmaker? Are you digging “Your Love”? And if you were to make Minaj an educational Annie Lennox mixtape, what would be on it?

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  • Beyonce Knowles

    Congers Nicki keep up the good work.

    • jay

      Of coure all she is going to remember is Annies image, cause that’s nicki is, image. Another rapper ripping off past hits. Wait, I’m wrong, it’s another producer ripping off past hits, Nick just does what her army of producers and writers tell her to.

  • gun owner

    not a huge fan but its good to see a female rapper

  • Phil

    Minaj pops up next on Jay Sean’s “2012″ Rhythmic Remix. His 2nd state-side discs drops on Nov. 2nd…I’m guessing they’re dropping Minaj the week of Thanksgiving & Black Friday expecting big sales, and then dropping Wayne’s “Carter IV” in Dec. right before Xmas. Sounds to me like Cash Money & Young Money are going to be rolling in the money this holiday season, so Universal should have a happy holidaze….

  • @Popservations

    I just heard “Your Love” for the first time yesterday, and when it began with that Annie Lennox sample, I was hooked. Otherwise, I’m not sure I would have bothered.

    But Minaj refers to “No More I Love Yous” as having an ‘insane’ beat, which it really does not. Great production, but there’s not much of a beat, which makes me wonder if Minaj’s knowledge of Lennox’s style and her music is even thinner than she admits.

    • V.Esparza

      maybe she meant that it had flava? Thats how I took it.

  • chrissy luv

    Wa wa waves on spin so they hate on him

  • Charles B.

    To me nicki minaj is the best thing thats ever happened to female hip hop and most people hate on her style and charisma jus cuz she’s different when it comes to the game but im stickin wit her and her music to tha end and i see a great future ahead of her and plus she beautiful and she will alwayz have me star – struck. C.B.

  • Janae

    i feel that nicki minaj is doing sumthin good for the game and she is doing everything rite. everybody is hatin on her becuz everybody knows that she is the “BEST FEMALE RAPPER ALIVE”. ppls need 2 see that it is good 2 hav another female doin sumthin in the game. she has talent and a strong mind and god by her side so everybody hatin on her except it.

  • sherry

    I think that hit your love is great keep up the good work and god bless you

  • sherry

    your sister ming love massive attack, but when she saw your love she says mummuy mummuy come and see my sister sings i love this song your love

  • Sam L

    Annie Lennox has one of the most beautiful voices in the world, and is an icon of not only fashion, but of political consciousness and gender exploration.

    Nicki Minaj will be lucky if she’s even a footnote in Annie’s career.

  • bre57

    baby girl stop hating

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  • wismond

    pardon my interuptionz,u sound’s like a REAL person who’s loving at heart nothing wrong with u trying to replace ur heart with love but b4 u move on WHY NOT TRY 2 REKINDLE THE FLAME WITH UR FORMER SIGNIFICANT OTHER LIKE BOTH OF U TRY TO MAKE right where WRONG’S WERE MADE” AND IF IT DOESN’T WORK OUT MOVE THE F!!! ON, take a TIME OUT an figure what u really need 2 focus on right now bsides u said u r young which means u have a lot of time on your hands again b4 u get [IN]with anyone get to know there MIND SET beautiful u say u r that’s POWER IN UR hands use it well with charms u r the honey the bee’s should b chasing u !!

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