After 13 years have elapsed since the release of her critically acclaimed magnum opus: Pink Friday, female rap icon Nicki Minaj has finally declared the release date for her debut album’s long-awaited sequel: Pink Friday 2
On Thursday, the Queens hip-hop heavy hitter confirmed that her forthcoming fifth album is expected to drop a bit later than initially anticipated.
“Dear Barbz, I’ve been trying to find the right time to tell you this for a few days,” Minaj captioned her recent Instagram post. “Due to some really exciting news that I’ll share with you guys @ a later time, I’ve shifted the album date just a tad bit. Trust me, it’ll be WELL WORTH THE WAIT …, but since I AM the date just a tad, I’d like to give you guys a tiny SIP of some more album tea so I don’t have to get cussed out. So …. here it goes: MY NEW ALBUM WILL BE RELEASED ON 11.17.23.”
In addition to the good news, the “Barbie World” rapper shared gratitude for her fans and also unveiled plans for a new tour expected for 2024.
“I love you guys so much,” she said. “I am so so grateful for the years of support & love you guys have given me. At times maybe I didn’t even deserve all that you have poured into me. Nonetheless, you. will. love. this. album. I will give tour deets closer to that time, but obviously, the tour will start around the first quarter of 2024. I’ll also share the REAL album cover at a later date.”
Before shifting the date, Minaj originally announced that her first album in five years was initially dropping in October.
“10/20/23 The Album,” she tweeted at the time.
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Minaj’s Pink Friday skyrocketed to No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with 375,000 copies in its opening week. The album was comprised of some of her biggest hits to date: “Moment 4 Life,” “Super Bass,” “Your Love,” “Right Thru Me” and more.