Nicki Minaj Enlists Will.i.Am For Debut LP

Published: Saturday 24th Jul 2010 by Sam

It’s hard to believe that for all Nicki Minaj‘s success, her debut LP has yet to be released. Indeed, the collaboration-queen is still cooking up material for the as-yet-untitled record (which hits stores November 23rd).

With the likes of Swizz Beats and Sean Garrett already on board, Minaj revealed in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly that Will.i.am is the latest hitmaker to join the list of producers on the record.

Check out what she had to say of the Black Eyed Peas frontman’s contribution to the record, as well as the ‘surprises’ the LP boasts, after the jump…

Via EW:

Meanwhile, her untitled debut is still coming together. When asked if there’s anything new to announce, Minaj smiles coyly, and confesses a tiny tidbit: “I don’t want to say too much, but I just did some work with will.i.am.” Production work? A guest vocal of some sort? “Just something for my album that I’m really excited about,” is all she’ll say.

She’ll happily elaborate on the project as a whole. “The album is much more emotional than you anticipate, which is a great thing,” Minaj says. “And I know women are gonna connect to the album so much. I felt like for so many years I was the girl who did the catchy little raps, and it’s time for me now to tell my story, and in telling my story, I’m really telling every girl’s story. We all go through the same thing. So the album is gonna feel very personal to every female.”

Here’s hoping Will (who produced Usher’s ‘OMG’) can hook Ms. Minaj up with some undeniable hit material. For, despite dropping many a hot verse on other artists’ tracks, the Young Money star’s solo efforts to-date have been lukewarm at best (see: ‘Massive Attack’ and ‘Your Love’). A shame, as the 25 year old certainly brings a much-needed new energy to the music scene.

In any case, time will tell…

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  1. Nic July 24, 2010

    I’m still excited for NIcki’s project. “Your Love” is on its way to cracking the top 10 of the Hot 100 and I can’t wait to see what else Ms. Minaj will hit us with!

  2. GangsterA July 24, 2010

    I cant wait i will cop at least 3 copies team minaj the hole way other b****** can take notes *wait for the despearte lil kim fans to hate on nicki while queen plastic doin nothing*

  3. ABC July 24, 2010

    @NIC

    Your Love has been #18 for 2 weeks now, so it looks like it might have reached its peak…unless Nicki goes out and starts promoting it, I think it might start falling down the charts

  4. KOOLERZ July 24, 2010

    SMH TRYING TOO HARD, YOU CAN TELL THE PRESSURES TO DELIVER HAS GOTTEN TO HER, SHE DONT KNOW WHAT DIRECTION OR ANYTHING TO GO WITH HER ALBUM. WILL I AM, IS LAE HIS SOUND GETTING REDUNDANT AND JUST LIKE THE FUTURISTIC WAVE TIMBERLAND HAD GOING ABOUT 4 YEARS AGO….IT TOO WILL PASS. ALL THESE ARTIST NEED TO MAKE MUSIC FROM THEM AND THATS ORGANIC FROM THE HEART, NOT WHATS TRENDY NOW. SMH.

  5. carl July 24, 2010

    YESSSSSS!!!!

  6. Badd July 24, 2010

    I’m really trying to like Nicki Minaj…
    but idk what to say.
    I think she’s really popular but she hasn’t
    really had much success music wise.
    Her fanbase isn’t big like Drake’s so
    idk how her album will be.

  7. number1k9 July 24, 2010

    will.i.am/Fergie/The Peas = the S***!

    I’m sure this will be interesting! !

    “Your Love” is a great radio track BTW!

  8. Brooklyn_JanetFam July 24, 2010

    She’s 27 not 25.

    She’s always been talented, hope she sells well!

  9. DB July 24, 2010

    wth, Your Love… lukewarm? when its the first number 1 rapsong frm a female artist in 8.5 years? get the fck outta here LOL. HATER!!!!

  10. 2TRILL2DEAL July 24, 2010

    SAM U A F***** HATER BRUH “YOUR LOVE” MADE HISTORY ON THE BILLBOARD CHARTS N**** ARE U DELUSIONAL STOP TALKIN S*** & THROWIN SHADE & BE SUPPORTIVE OR N**** JUST DONT REPORT ANYTHING ON NICKI! CAUSE YO GIRL KELLY ROWLAND IS GON #FLOP! DONT GET MAD @ NICKI N****! LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  11. Kevin July 24, 2010

    lukeward wouldn’t describe it. massive attack was luke warn, your love was almost boiling.

  12. HaYYYYYY July 25, 2010

    luv nicki soooo much
    cant wait for the album
    getting it first day
    and “luckwarm”
    both songs IMO were amazing
    massive attack didn’t do good on the charts but it was still an amazing song
    your love is amazing too and it did good on the charts and made history

  13. Commander for Kelly & Ciara July 25, 2010

    @GANGSTERA SHUT THE F*** UP NICKI MINAJ IDOLISES KIM.. LIL KIM OWNS NICKI MINAJ..THERE WILL BE NO NICKI MINAJ IF IT WASNT FOR KIM.. U IGNORANT FOOL SMH.. in any case.. i want nicki to shine on her OWN.. and i know its paper nick.. but step back on the collabos.. dnt waste all ur good s*** on err1else

  14. mishka July 25, 2010

    Let’s expect a number 1 with Will.I.Am ’cause till now I’m not really impressed by her recent releases… *dup dudup dup tow!*

  15. Rihanna_88 July 25, 2010

    I like some of Nicki’s material 🙂 So ill be downloading it when it comes out

  16. iLaugh! July 25, 2010

    STILL wondering why this chick hasn’t come out with her album yet… SMDH

  17. LULU July 25, 2010

    SHE IS 29 ALMOST 30…SHE LIED ABOUT HER AGE APPARENTLY..STILL CUTE THO

  18. annon July 25, 2010

    yeah damn shame. but i cant deny that she sucks on her own. in other songs, she spits fire. but on her own song, i feel she experiments too much. so, yeah time will tell. if she is deep and emotional as she claimed, the album might do very well, just that i would prefer her to go the more uptempo dance record which will.i.am hopefully can deliver.

  19. Brown Sistas Go to War July 25, 2010

    I don’t care who she has on her album, if she doesn’t start representing brown-skin barbies, then I am going to boycott her and call on every other chocolate brown to do the same. Brown-skin barbies are exempt from Your Love and Massive Attack videos. If she wants our money, then we demand to be represented. If you look at Nicki’s live performances on youtube, there are so many brown-skin barbies showing her love and support. Therefore, we demand it in return.

    The same with the Pinkett-Smith clan, if they don’t start showing black love, then we will declare war on them too.

    The Brown Sistas are no longer happy with seeing a black artist doing well and making money, we are demanding that if they want our money, then we want our representation. NOW!!!

  20. JoshuaBuzz July 26, 2010

    Your Love is a smash. End of.

    brown Sistas go to war? LMAO. like your broke asses mean shiiit

  21. lindsey@1 August 11, 2010

    I THINK SHES JUST…………………………………………..BORING

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