In a recent interview for Vogue’s December issue, Nicki Minaj discussed her worries regarding the influence of social media on young individuals and the distorted realities it perpetuates. As she anticipates the release of her fifth album, ‘Pink Friday 2,’ Minaj, known for her outspoken nature, aims to leverage her platform to address critical issues such as mental illness and drug addiction, the latter being a personal struggle she recently disclosed related to prescribed Percocet medication.
Minaj shared her apprehensions about the increasing trend of isolation among young people, spending extended hours immersed in their digital devices, comparing themselves to the often deceptive narratives presented on social media. Expressing her concern about the untimely deaths of artists like Juice WRLD and Pop Smoke, she pondered whether open discussions about their struggles could have potentially averted such tragic outcomes.
The rapper, known for her independent stance, faced backlash in 2020 for expressing her reservations about the COVID-19 vaccine. Despite the criticism and suspension of her Twitter account, Minaj defended her decision, stating her preference for forming independent assessments rather than succumbing to societal pressure.
Minaj also addressed her engagement with political discussions, acknowledging the inevitable backlash that ensues when she expresses her views. Firm in her conviction, she asserted her right to make individual choices in the realm of social media and political advocacy, emphasizing the complexity of government affairs that transcends partisan lines.
As ‘Pink Friday 2’ gears up for release on December 8, coinciding with Minaj’s birthday and marking the sequel to her 2010 debut album, the artist shared her introspections leading up to this moment. Reflecting on the uncertainties and challenges she faced before her breakthrough, Minaj described the intricate emotions tied to the fear of failure and financial instability.
Describing her upcoming album, Minaj painted a picture of a compilation akin to a greatest hits album, but with all-new tracks. She expressed a deliberate return to her roots, revisiting the essence that defined her earlier music. ‘Pink Friday 2’ is set to be released under Minaj’s record label, Heavy On It Records, with the artist dropping two singles, ‘Bahm Bahm’ and ‘FOR ALL THE BARBZ,’ the latter featuring Drake and Chief Keef. Notably, Minaj clinched the Best Hip-Hop award at this year’s MTV VMAs for the music video for ‘Super Freaky Girl.’