It’s been yet another banner year for Nicki Minaj, and the Grammy-nominated rapper is taking some time to express how grateful she is. On Friday (Sep. 1), coinciding with the release of her new single, “Last Time I Saw You,” Minaj shared a sweet message to fans via her official website.
“I can’t thank you enough for your love and continued support. I have not been excited about the release of a song to this extent for maybe… I don’t know I can’t even tell you, I don’t even remember when! I hope that it’s therapeutic for you,” she wrote. “I hope that even after, it makes you reflect and that if you are reflecting on a time, or a person that you wish you could go back in time and have a do over etc… I hope that you are still able to smile at the end of the song by realizing that you now have a chance to treat the people that you love, that are still in your life the way that expresses to them what they mean to you.”
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“Last Time I Saw You” marks Minaj’s first unaccompanied release since “Red Ruby Da Sleeze,” which peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 earlier this year. Nonetheless, the Queens rapper has been remarkably present in music as she continues to prep Pink Friday 2. This year, she scored a pair of top 10 hits with Ice Spice — “Princess Diana” (No. 4) and the AQUA-assisted “Barbie World” (No. 7) — and appeared on songs from Kim Petras (“Alone,” No. 55), Sexyy Red (“Pound Town 2,” No. 66), Lil Uzi Vert (“Endless Fashion,” No. 20), YoungBoy Never Broke Again (“WTF,” No. 99), and Young Thug (“Money”).
Minaj closed her message by teasing her upcoming album. “In the meantime, please enjoy the song as much as I have enjoyed creating it, and just know that ‘Pink Friday 2’ is going to be the best album that’s been released in years!!! LOVE YOU. 💖 ✨” she wrote. Pink Friday 2, the sequel to Minaj’s Billboard 200-topping debut studio album, is slated for a Nov. 17 release. The album will serve as Minaj’s first LP since 2018’s Queen, which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and spawned singles including “Chun-Li” and “Good Form.”
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