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Nicki Minaj, the acclaimed ‘Queen’ of rap, has recently given her fans an exciting sneak peek into her forthcoming album, Pink Friday 2. Showcasing the album cover for the first time on Monday, September 4, she set social media ablaze.
The Album Art Reveal
In a stunning Instagram post, the Trinidadian-born rapper revealed the album cover art of her soon-to-be-released project. The cover showcases the diva in a spectacular scene – riding a train across the skyline of New York City, her home ground. Dressed in an oversized white sweatsuit, she sparkles with a diamond heart chain, her hair styled in standout red and blonde hues.
Nicki Minaj Pink Friday 2 Album Cover
Nicki also utilized this platform to offer her fans some insight into the creation of the album artwork.
“Album cover #1 of 2. Look By Vetements @vetements_official Guram, I love you. Thank you. Styling by @maherxjridi Hair by @arrogant_tae123, MUA Creative Direction Pat McGrath @patmcgrathreal, Queen Pat, thank you for being apart of this. Omg. MUA by @hotlikefirre, Nails by @iridescentlynailed, Photos by @charlie__chops, and Charlotte,” she typed.
Building Anticipation: The Release Date
Further adding to the anticipation, Nicki also announced a new release date for Pink Friday 2. She took to Twitter to confirm that the highly-awaited album would be dropping on November 17, 2023.
The Road to Pink Friday 2
In the lead-up to the album, Nicki has released several singles to whet her fans’ appetite. The album rollout commenced in August 2022 with the release of “Super Freaky Girl”. She continued to build momentum with the launch of “Red Ruby Da Sleeze” in March 2023, followed by “Last Time I Saw You” in September 2023 – a track that offers a different tone to her previous PF2 singles. The latter song sees Nicki exploring a more melancholic mood, delving into themes of loss in a pop-rap format.
Looking Back: The Original Pink Friday
Pink Friday 2 serves as a sequel to Nicki’s debut album, Pink Friday. Released back in 2010, the album boasted star-studded collaborations with Eminem, Kanye West, Natasha Bedingfield, will.i.am, Drake, and Lil Wayne (featured in the deluxe version).
In June 2023, Nicki paid homage to her debut album, inviting her fans to brace themselves for a sequel that is “well worth the wait.” She also took the opportunity to express gratitude for her successful music career and her fans’ unwavering support.
“Dear Barbz, I’ve been trying to find the right time to tell you this for a few days,” she captioned the post. “Due to some really exciting news that I’ll share with you guys @ a later time, I’ve shifted the album date just a tad bit. Trust me, it’ll be WELL WORTH THE WAIT… but since I AM shifting the date just a tad, I’d like to give you guys a tiny SIP of some more album tea so that I don’t have to get cussed out so…here it goes: MY NEW ALBUM WILL BE RELEASED ON 11.17.23- and she shall be called: Pink Friday 2.”
In her heartfelt message to her fans, the Barbz, she wrote, “I love you guys so much. I am so grateful for the years of support & love you guys have given me. At times maybe I didn’t even deserve all that you have poured into me. Nonetheless, you. will. love. this. album. I will give tour deets closer to that time, but obviously the tour will start around the first quarter of 2024. I’ll also share the REAL album cover at a later date.”
As we wait with bated breath for the arrival of Pink Friday 2, it’s clear that Nicki Minaj is set to once again capture hearts and charts with her electrifying music.