Album Review | Nicki Minaj – Queen

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This album was released on August 10th this year. I don’t think I’m gonna like this shit. Her previous album, The Pinkprint, was really bad. I’ve never been a fan of her music, and I doubt that’ll change with this project. I’ve only heard one single from this project, and it wasn’t trash thankfully. This shit is too long though. It’s just over an hour in length. 19 tracks is too much of any artist. I kinda don’t even wanna listen to this, but I wanna be part of the album’s conversation. I have low expectations.


1. Ganja Burns produced by J. Reid

I actually really like the production on this track. The acoustic guitar driven beat sounds pretty good, and I like the percussion a lot too. The first verse was solid, and I even kinda like the hook. Nicki’s singing was a big problem for me on The Pinkprint, but I don’t think she sounds bad on this one. The second verse was pretty solid as well. This is a decent song. It doesn’t really have any replay value for me personally, but I don’t think it’s bad at all. Her fans will probably enjoy this. It’s an okay track.

2. Majesty featuring Eminem & Labrinth produced by Eminem & Labrinth

This song stands out from the rest of the tracklist for obvious reasons. I’m not familiar with this Labrinth guy, but I’m definitely interested to hear how Eminem performs. This song’s got some interesting production. The bouncy piano keys sound kind of poppy during the sung hook from Labrinth. Once the verse starts, the production transitions into something a bit more Electronic. The first verse was tolerable. The second one had a better flow in my opinion. This is a really poppy song. I don’t know if I like it. I just got through Eminem’s verse. His flow was really good, but there were definitely some questionable lines.

I must be like pie crust because I was bred to rise like I was yeast

Yeah, that’s an actual line from Em’s verse. There’s one point about halfway through his verse where the speed of his rapping doubles, which is kind of exciting to listen to. I don’t know how I feel about the verse as a whole though. His flow is really the only aspect that I can get behind. I’m not really feelin’ the way the beat switches up for the final verse from Nicki, and the outro in which she’s singing is terrible. I’m not feelin’ this song. I can’t really say I’m disappointed since Eminem isn’t really that great of an artist these days. This shit is wack to me.

3. Barbie Dreams produced by Rashad Smith & Mel & Mus

This track has been gaining a lot of attention because Nicki apparently name drops a shit ton of male Hip Hop artists. I just listened to the first third of the song. The first verse is pretty cool. It’s entertaining to hear her make fun of other rappers. The Young Thug line was probably the best one. I don’t really care for the production. It’s pretty much the same beat as Just Playing by Biggie. In fact, this entire song is basically Nicki’s remix of Just Playing. I’m not really much of a fan of that song in the first place, so I don’t think I’ll be returning to this one either. It’s not bad though. The final verse was entertaining just because of her flow. I don’t really like the sexual lyrics though. This shit isn’t for me. It’s not bad though. I just don’t ever wanna hear it again.

4. Rich Sex featuring Lil Wayne produced by J. Reid & Big Juice

Rich Sex

This song is stupid as hell. It’s about how Nicki Minaj only has sex with men who are rich, and how girls who fuck broke guys should be ridiculed. If you’re a broke, unemployed college student like me, this song will probably make you hate yourself. Lil Wayne’s verse was pretty awful. He slurred a lot of his words. I think it’s fair to classify his verse as Mumble Rap. This is definitely the wackest song on the album so far. It’s wack af.

5. Hard White produced by Boi-1da & !llmind

The beat on this track is pretty good. I’m not really feelin’ the hook though. The first verse is solid I guess. There are some bars at the end of the second verse that seem like a diss towards Cardi B. She apparently confirmed that it’s not supposed to be targeting anyone in particular though. The song just ended. Yeah… Yeah, there’s no way I’m ever gonna listen to this shit again. The beat’s the only aspect of the song I enjoyed, and it’s not really even that great. The hook is definitely the worst part of the song. This isn’t even really that wack though. It’s just an uninteresting song. There’s zero replay value. It’s mediocre.

6. Bed featuring Ariana Grande produced by Supa Dups, Ben Billions, Beats Bailey & Messy

Barbie Tingz

I can’t fuck with this song. It’s super girly, and super poppy. I’m not feelin’ the production at all. I don’t like the hook from Ariana Grande either. This is definitely one of my least favorite songs on the album up to this point. I don’t think it’s as bad as Rich Sex, but it’s still pretty difficult to sit through. It just sounds like Pop Rap to me, which I’m really not into. This shit is really bad to me.

7. Thought I Knew You featuring The Weeknd produced by J. Reid

I’ve already listened to this entire song. Again, I’m never gonna listen to this shit ever again. It’s not complete trash though. It’s just not for me. If you would’ve asked me if I wanted to hear Nicki Minaj & The Weeknd singing together over a Trap inspired Pop beat that incorporates the flute, I would’ve said no. I’m really starting to regret even starting this review because absolutely none of Nicki Minaj’s music appeals to me even a little bit. This album is a real chore to get through so far. This isn’t a wack song, but I didn’t enjoy it at all. It’s like hearing a Pop song. The genre does absolutely nothing for me, so I kind of just tune it out. That’s what happened with this track.

8. Run & Hide produced by Rex Kudo & Sevn Thomas

I’m really not feelin’ this beat. This is an R&B song from Nicki Minaj, which is a recipe for disaster personally. I hate hearing her sing. The hook is actually kinda good though. It’s a pretty short track. It’s just over two and a half minutes, so it thankfully doesn’t last too long. There’s not really much to discuss. I didn’t like the production, and I don’t care for Nicki’s singing. I think the way the melody of the hook fit over the beat sounded pretty good though. That’s the only positive comment I can make. I’m not feelin’ this song. It’s wack to me.

9. Chun Swae featuring Swae Lee produced by Metro Boomin’

The beat on this song isn’t bad, but good lord the hook from Swae Lee is fucking horrific. I wasn’t really feelin’ Nicki’s flow at the beginning of her verse, but the way it ended was kinda cool. I’m just really not a fan of Swae Lee. That third Rae Sremmurd album was really rough. This is a really bad song. It’s the longest track on the album, and it’s definitely one of, if not the worst. I don’t like anything about this song.

Call me the swish God. The swish, swish God? Yup, the swish God.

SO FUCKING BAD. This shit is terrible.

10. Chun-Li produced by J. Reid & Nicki Minaj

Chun-Li

This was the lead single for this album, and I actually don’t think it’s complete trash. The beat is decent, and I kinda like Nicki’s flow on the first verse. She didn’t really say anything that interesting lyrically, but it was acceptable. The hook’s tolerable. The second verse is actually pretty wack. I don’t know what the fuck made her think it was a good idea to waste four bars calling herself King Kong. That was a mistake. The outro of this song is pretty terrible too. I honestly didn’t think this song was that bad the first time I heard it earlier this year, but the more I listen to it the more wack it seems. Again, it’s not complete ass. It’s definitely not good though. This shit is wack to me.

11. LLC produced by Sool, DJ Wes & JFK

I’m almost halfway through this song, and I can tell y’all already that this is one of the best tracks on the album. The beat’s solid, and Nicki’s flow on the first verse is actually really nice. That was a dope verse. The hook doesn’t really do anything for me, but it’s not bad. The second and third verses weren’t nearly as enjoyable as the first, but they were decent. I think this is a standout track, but I still personally won’t be listening to this again. It’s an alright song though. Just not really good enough to keep me coming back.

12. Good Form produced by Mike WiLL Made It & Pluss

I actually like the beat on this track. I don’t care for the content though. She’s rapping about how her guy has good form when he’s eating her out. Why the fuck would I ever wanna listen to something like this? I’m not really feelin’ her flow on the first verse. The second verse is a bit better in my opinion. Uugh… Yeah, this is yet another track that I’m never gonna listen to again.

13. Nip Tuck produced by JMIKE, Kane Beatz & June Nawakii

This is another tolerable track that I’ll never listen to again. It’s a girly Pop Rap song. It’s pretty much just a poppy R&B song until the final verse in which Nicki starts rapping to Meek Mill. It’s a breakup song. She’s singing about cutting a guy off. She doesn’t say Meek Mill’s name at any point in the song, but I don’t know who else it could be about. As I said earlier, the song has no replay value. I don’t like it. I’m ready for this album to be over.

14. 2 Lit 2 Late Interlude produced by J Gramm & Frank Dukes

This is a short song in which Nicki sings about how her ex is trying to get back with her, but it’s too late. I didn’t like it at all. The placement of this song right after Nip Tuck makes a lot of sense.

15. Come See About Me produced by Chris Braide & Cirkut

Oh God… Oh no… Why… This song is not good. It’s an emotional ballad. The chorus is repetitive as fuck. This isn’t the worst song on the album, but goddamn. It’s not even Hip Hop. It’s a super repetitive, poppy ballad. I’m not feelin’ the piano based production. I’m really regretting checking this album out now. This obviously isn’t for me. As someone who tends to only listen to hardcore Hip Hop, this was a struggle to sit through. It’s really wack to me.

16. Sir featuring Future produced by Metro Boomin’ & Zaytoven

Oh fucking shit. This beat is actually REALLY fucking awesome. The first verse from Nicki kinda sucked. I kinda wish she switched her flow up, and didn’t repeat the word “sir” so much. Future’s verse suffers from all the same problems as Nicki’s verse. This is honestly a waste of a good beat. It’s one of the best songs on the album, but I’m still not gonna be coming back to this. Shoutout to Metro Boomin’ & Zaytoven though. They really put together a hell of a beat.

17. Miami produced by Murda Beatz

I just listened to this entire song, and I really have nothing to say about it. It’s boring as hell. I wasn’t feelin’ any aspect of the track. The beat was uninteresting. Nicki didn’t say anything worth quoting. It’s a super generic track. Honestly, I don’t even remember what this song sounds like, and I JUST finished listening to it. This shit is mediocre.

18. Coco Chanel featuring Foxy Brown produced by J Beatzz

This beat is pretty hard. It gets kind of annoying after a while, but it’s not that bad. I’m really not feelin’ the hook on this track. The first verse from Nicki was alright. I didn’t really like Foxy Brown’s verse. I didn’t like how she was rapping with an accent. It could’ve been worse I guess. The final verse is fine. I don’t know… I’m not gonna be listening to this shit again, but it wasn’t trash. It was just more mediocrity. It’s not for me.

19. Inspirations Outro produced by Ashely Bannister & J Beatzz

This is an extension of the previous track in which Nicki name drops a bunch of influential West Indian artists. I don’t know why this was separated from the previous track. It’s like they literally just split the outro from the song and made it its own track.


This album is NOT good. It’s actually really fuckin’ bad. There’s not a single song on this entire album that I ever wanna hear again. I think I just need to accept the fact that I’ll never be a fan of Nicki Minaj’s music. The beats on this project were pretty generic for the most part. I don’t mean to sound like a hipster, but I really think Nicki Minaj is just too mainstream for my taste. All her music is really poppy. This shit is waaay too long too. It’s a real chore to get through. Honestly, I think this is even worse than Drake’s album. She makes a fun hobby like reviewing music feel like work. This shit is wack.

Favorite Song: Ganja Burns
Least Favorite Song: Chun Swae

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