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…
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…