Nicki Minaj Finally Delivers ‘Pink Friday 2’

When I look back at a lot of my music, I’m like, Oh, my God, where was the me in it?” the queen of rap previously said. “So, for this album, I went back to the
old game plan.”

GET IN YOUR pink Lamborghinis and pull out your pink martinis: Pink Friday 2 is officially here. After weeks of promoting, pushing back, and hyping up the

follow-up to her 2010 fan favorite, the queen of rap Nicki Minaj has finally released her first studio album since 2018’s Queen.

The rapper dropped the track list for Pink Friday 2 less than an hour ahead of the highly-anticipated release. The album encompasses 22 new songs and packs features with the likes of Drake, J. Cole, Lil Wayne, Tate Kobang, Lourdiz, Lil Uzi Vert, Skillibeng, Skeng, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, and Future.

Leading up to the release, Barbz created an AI world named Gag City — a hyper-futuristic, uber-pink metropolis — where Pink Friday 2 lives, based on the album’s cover which sees Minaj standing on a floating platform over Teenage Dream-esque clouds in front of an imaginary city.

“As we begin to prepare for landing, please make sure your tray tables are put back up & your seat belts are tightly fastened,” Minaj wrote on X (formerly Twitter) Thursday. “The captain has activated the ‘no bathroom’ sign. If you look out the window, you’ll begin to see the beauty…clear waters, pink dolphins…#GagCity #PF2.”

Brands like Dunkin, WheatThins, and Axe hopped in on the fun with fake pink storefronts in the city, rapper Bia accepted her invitation to the imaginary location by tweeting “This is so tea,” an AI-Rosalía arrived on boat with a flag of Spain, and Grindr asked the important question: “Barbz, can I still go to gag city if I have no gag reflex?”

Pink Friday 2 marks the singer’s first studio album since Queen, which featured singles like “Chun-Li” and “Good Form.” (She dropped a greatest hits album named Queen Radio last year and re-released Beam Me Up Scotty in 2021.) In 2019, the singer said she had started working on her new album, and tweeted “PF2” for the first time in 2020, teasing that Pink Friday was making a reappearance.