With little forewarning, as to be expected now, Nicki Minaj announced that the tenth episode of her ongoing Beats 1 show Queen Radio would be airing today. The last episode of the show came earlier this month on Oct. 12, leaving considerably less of a gap between episodes than between eight and nine, which arrived a month apart.
Before delivering the episode, Nicki teased, "Lots of surprises." The last time she shared a collaboration between her and UK girl group Little Mix, so it seems likely that she'll either be coming through with a new song, or at the very least a confirmation that her postponed American tour is still going to happen. Nicki said that the tour would feature "a big fucking surprise."
Kicking off the show, DJ Boof performed a DJ set featuring a number of classic Nicki songs mixed together with some deeper cuts. Boof even mixed "Just Playing (Dreams)" by B.I.G. with Nicki's "Barbie Dreams," flawlessly switching back and forth between the two. Later on during the set he played "Good Form" a number of times, proclaiming that there's already the '#GoodFormChallenge' for the song.
"I'm in a really great fucking mood, though," Nicki teased when she finally came through, announcing that she would be premiering both a new song and a new video today. Almost immediately she said how she didn't want people to associate Queen Radio with her being negative, but she didn't want to go without addressing Cardi B's sister Hennessey Carolina and the latest rumors against her.
Cardi's sister claimed that Nicki leaked Cardi's number to her fans in hopes of her fans doing the dirty work, and Nicki says she never even had her number to begin with. Next, she went on to address the infamous shoe incident, explaining what happened once and for all.
"Rah [Ali, Nicki Minaj's friend] beat Cardi's ass really bad," she said of the shoe throwing incident, claiming there's security footage of it all going down. Nicki made sure to point out that she wasn't happy to see Rah do that, adding "Rah beat you so bad that I was mad at Rah."
"We can make it stop," Nicki calmly stated after getting riled up about the situation.
"I just want everyone to leave me alone," she said. Without mentioning her name directly, Nicki also said that Cardi asked to be on her "second single" but she declined because "Motorsport" was just about to come out. She also alludes to a conversation between the two of them in a hotel room, saying that she plans on keeping everything said between them private.
During the show, NeNe Leakes of The Real Housewives of Atlanta called in for a talk, with the two bonding over both being Sagittarius and NeNe's favorite catchphrases. "'The thirst is real' is my favorite catchphrase. There’s so many thirsty people," she said.
"Tyga is in the building," she announced after another interlude filled with songs, leading into the premiere of their new song together. "We shot a video together," she added. The new song is actually a remix of Tyga's "Dip," with Nicki adding two verses to the bouncy original.
After premiering the song, Tyga and Nicki spoke at length about the state of rap. Nicki stated that when she was growing up every female rapper was great, although now she says it's a "joke." Tyga then brought up how everyone didn't think he was going to have another hit after "Rack City," stating that it's been six years since then but his recent Offset-featuring hit "Taste" continues to stick around.
Nicki doesn't hold back from there either, explaining that she doesn't have a high opinion on the state of rap right now in general. "There's rappers that are big that were supposed to be on Young Money that Wayne said pass on because he said, 'They ain't sayin' shit.'"
Afterwards, Nicki started answering some fan questions about who she wants to collaborate with and what it was like working with Kanye on Yandhi. "It's about body-shaming in a very different and interesting way," she jokes, telling fans not to expect some "Kumbaya shit." She went on to thank 'Ye for his support across all of the years, stressing that he has always showed her love even from the early days.
As for that video she shot for her Post Malone collab "Ball For Me," she says it was scrapped after it was shot, so fans can stop asking about it now.
You can listen to the rest of Queen Radio here.