Nicki Minaj gave hip-hop and the devout Barbs Army what they’ve been itching to get their ears on all summer 2018: the long-awaited drop of her fourth studio album, Queen.
The 19-track project has already made major waves across the world, scoring No. 1 spots in 81 countries in just two days after its release, racking up raving reviews across the media landscape and snatching the crown as the first album by a female rapper to reach No. 1 in over 62 countries on iTunes. Her “Barbie Dreams” fantasy subjects in Hollywood also bowed to Queen, including DJ Khaled, Young M.A. and Rae Sremmurd.
One of the most laudable, and perhaps crucial, acknowledgements for Nicki came from her rap mentor and label home leader, Lil Wayne, courtesy of a personal video message in light of the album’s release.
And what the New Orleans rap icon had to say is a chest-grabbing, tear-jerking moment for the head Barb if we’ve ever seen one.
“Not gonna go out on a limb and say it’s her best album because I can still listen to songs when she was a teenager, and I still hear vocals or lyrics from there that to me is the best thing she’s ever said in her life, so I’m specific like that,” Wayne commended. “But to date, it’s one of the best albums yet. And I don’t mean out of her catalog—I mean period. It is one of the best albums out there period.”
He went on to dub her the queen, a title he believes is justly fitting for the project, and sends a thumbs-up to the bars as well. Knowing Wayne, he’s not one to hand off such acclaim to just any old person—Young Money protégé or not, Nicki pointed out in her caption of the video’s repost. So then it goes without saying that she took Weezy’s message to heart with all of the humbleness she could muster.
“I can’t believe he did this,” she wrote. “I’m so emotional. Haha! If you know Wayne, he’s very particular about his compliments on rap skills. I’ve always felt like I was auditioning for him.
In their decade-long professional and personal relationship, Nicki rejoices that the message was the best thing he’s ever said to her.
We’re not crying…you are.
See Tunechi’s message for the Queen rapstress and how fans are taking it all in below.
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