While Nicki was originally mulling pushing back her upcoming Queen album over sample clearance, it would appear the Ruler of Barbz has rendered a verdict. The anticipated album has now landed a release date of August 17th, as confirmed in a message from Minaj herself, as penned for her Apple Music Essentials playlist:
Last night, Nicki seemed caught in a dilemma of sorts, in which she seemed unsure whether or not a delay would be worth the trouble. Apparently, the roadblock in question was a sample clearance issue, specifically a Tracy Chapman sample. Such intel was revealed after a well-intentioned Barb slid into Chapman’s (or at least a Chapman fanpage) DMs to plead a case on Nikki’s behalf. While it’s perhaps naive to assume a sample clearing deal can get done in a mere week, here’s hoping that Nicki hasn’t grown addicted to the process.
Ya’ll still looking forward for Nicki’s Queen?