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Preceding today (April 10), Nicki Minaj finally gave her fans the announcement they have been looking forward to so patiently: songs is coming, and they only need to wait a few days before they finally get to notice what she’s been cooking food up in the studio.
The hip-hop superstar tweeted two sole covers for melodies entitled “Barbie Tingz” and “Chun Li,” presenting the impression that she’s not thinking about pushing a unitary, but two at the same time, which is a strategy that some of the biggest names in the music business have made work before. The songs are placed to debut on Thursday evening, though it isn’t clear if they are approaching with videos or if they’ll only be available as audio data files on streaming systems and digital download stores.
As the release of any new sole (or singles) is typically a sign a new album is on the way, that’s not actually the truth with Minaj. Last year, the most successful feminine rapper of all time dropped three sounds simultaneously–“No Frauds (feet. Drake and Lil Wayne),” “Changed It (feet. Lil Wayne)” and the solo “Regret in the Tears”–and at the time, many of her enthusiasts assumed that a full-length was right nearby.
By that time, it had been about two and a half years because the release of her last album, 2014’s The Pinkprint, and judging on how quickly many rappers release projects nowadays and the quantity of time that had elapsed between her albums previously, an album being on the horizon made sense.
It really is now one year later, and not just has no album has materialized, she hasn’t even announced one. At this time, her previous proper record was three and a half years ago, which is a long time for her to go without a proper full-length. She’s certainly been working on one, and two big bangers would be a great way to kick things off and begin what could be another long promotional advertising campaign that sees her chart many new strikes.
When both “Chun Li” and “Barbie Tingz” turn up on Thursday day, her admirers will surely stream them repetitively, and both are bound to put on the Hot 100 singles tally weekly or two after they first show up, but will more music follow, or are these designed to tide people over while she continues to craft her 4th album? Ideally, she’s ready to begin a new time, because if not, there are an incredible number of diehard Minaj supporters who may be disappointed.