The Pink Print

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The Pink Print
Studio album by Nicki Minaj
Released 2014 (2014)
Recorded 2013–present
Genre Hip hop
Label
Producer
Nicki Minaj chronology
  • The Pink Print
  • (2014)
Singles from The Pink Print
  1. "Pills n Potions"
    Released: May 21, 2014 (2014-05-21)

The Pink Print is the upcoming third studio album by Trinidadian-American recording artist Nicki Minaj, tentatively scheduled to be released in 2014 by Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records and Republic Records. Straying musically from her second studio album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012), which experimented with pop and dance musical styles, she intended to incorporate elements of her traditional hip hop music in its follow-up. "Pills n Potions" was released as the lead single from the album on May 21, 2014.[1]

Background and development[edit]

"I think everybody knows how obsessed I am with Jay Z. He’s always been my favorite rapper. He did such a great job of creating this Blueprint brand for male rappers, I felt. And I studied a lot of his blueprint, just in terms of becoming a mogul. I wanted to do that, I wanted to be like Jay Z. I felt like with what I’m doing, I want female rappers to be able to pattern themselves with what I've done one day."

— Minaj stating the reason why she called the album The Pink Print and describing her intentions for the album.[2]

After releasing her second studio album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded in April 2012,[3] Minaj served as a judge during the twelfth season of American Idol, and entered the retail industry with the launch of her fragrances Pink Friday and Minajesty, and the introduction of her Kmart-exclusive clothing line.[4][5]

The album was first announced by Minaj in 2013, in which Minaj stated that her then-untitled third studio album would "focus on rap", whereas Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded explored more prominent elements of dance and pop music.[6] She further stated that she would begin writing material for the project later that year, after production was completed for her first feature film The Other Woman (2014). In November 2013, she described the project as "next level" and "very different from anything I've done", and confirmed that it would "definitely be released in 2014".[7] The album was officially announced to be titled The Pink Print with the premiere of the track "Lookin Ass" along with its NABIL-directed music video on February 12, 2014.[8] Its title reportedly references The Blueprint (2001) by Jay-Z, in which Minaj commented stating that "I think everybody knows how obsessed I am with Jay Z. He’s always been my favorite rapper", also adding that, "He did such a great job of creating this Blueprint brand for male rappers and I wanted to do that [for] female rappers to be able to pattern themselves with what I’ve done one day".[2] Later in February, Minaj stated that she preferred to confirm the album's release date "[when] the album is really done and I've lived with it for a long time".[9]

Singles[edit]

Minaj announced "Pills n Potions" as the lead single from the album on May 18, 2014 at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards.[1] It was released three days later on May 21, 2014. The song has since peaked at number 24 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Confirmed tracks[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Nicki Minaj Reveals New Single Title at 2014 Billboard Music Awards". Billboard. Retrieved May 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Nicki Minaj Is ‘Obsessed’ With Jay Z, That’s Why She Named Her Album Pink Print". MTV. Retrieved May 30, 2014. 
  3. ^ "iTunes - Music - Pink Friday ... Roman Reloaded (Deluxe Edition) by Nicki Minaj". iTunes Store (US). Apple Inc. April 3, 2012. Retrieved February 17, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Nicki Minaj Unveils 'Minajesty' Fragrance Ad". Rap-Up. August 12, 2013. Retrieved February 17, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Nicki Minaj Launches Clothing Line at Kmart". Rap-Up. October 16, 2013. Retrieved February 17, 2014. 
  6. ^ Erika Ramirez (May 28, 2013). "Nicki Minaj Will 'Focus On Rap' For Upcoming Album". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 13, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Nicki Minaj prepares 'next level' new album for 2014 release". NME. IPC Media. November 5, 2013. Retrieved February 17, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Nicki Minaj - Lookin Ass Nigga". WorldStarHipHop. February 12, 2014. Retrieved February 17, 2014. 
  9. ^ Carl Williott (February 14, 2014). "Nicki Minaj’s ‘The Pink Print’ To Get A Surprise Release?". Idolator. Spin Media. Retrieved February 17, 2014.