By Kevin Rutherford
It’s single release day for Nicki Minaj, and to promote new single “Anaconda,” she made the rounds today (Aug. 4) — including 97.1 AMP, a CBS Radio station.
Minaj sat down with Carson Daly to discuss the new track — as well as new album The Pink Print, which she revealed is coming sometime in the “fourth quarter” of this year.
“I just have to say that I’m at such a different place as a human being,” the rapper told AMP. “I know artists say that all the time but now I understand why. Nothing really surprises me anymore. I handle things more maturely. Just writing-wise I can put my thoughts together better I feel.
“So sonically I think the album sounds so amazing. And there are so many surprises on the album. I had Drake come by the studio the other day and he was like “Omg, you’re talking about new stuff, I’m so proud of you.” And that’s what I’m most excited about. I’m speaking about new things on this album. I’m excited I’m not allowing anyone else to define what the album is going to be. I’m comfortable, its not going to be rushed, I’m taking my time. But overall the music just sounds really, really great. There’s no substitute for that.”
She also talked working with Beyoncé, whose “Flawless” remix, released last weekend, features Minaj.
“I was in New York recording it and she came by and she was telling me to be myself, to go all in,” she explained. “And I did. I was afraid to let her hear it, actually. It’s risqué, I guess.”
In the interview, Minaj touched on new track “Bang Bang” with Jessie J and Ariana Grande (“It just felt iconic to me”), the leak of “Anaconda” (it was originally planned for Aug. 11 before the Friday leak) and confirmed a worldwide tour for 2015 that, she says, will feature an artist “my fans love.”