Nicki Minaj pushes back ‘Queen’ album…again

This is the second time the rapper has delayed the release of her latest project.

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Nicki Minaj fans will have to wait a little longer to get their hands on her latest album, Queen.

The rapper revealed that she was pushing the release date for the project back for a second time and now it won’t be available until August 19. It was originally scheduled to drop on June 15 but was pushed back until August 10. Now, she’s blaming the hold up on clearance issues.

She struggled with the decision to hold up the release and polled her fans on social media on Tuesday night.

“So there’s a record on Queen that features 1 of the greatest of all-time. Had no clue it samples the legendary Tracy Chapman – do I keep my date and lose the record? Or do I lose the record and keep my date? Do we push #Queen back 1 week? Ugh, I’m torn y’all help,” she wrote.

She officially announced the delay during her Apple Music Essentials playlist takeover on Wednesday.

“My darlings!!! I have a huge surprise that I can’t share until the day before #Queen drops. So in the meantime, check out this playlist I made for you guys. I did #FEFE with my new BFF from BROOKLYN. He’s a little funny looking but he’s really sweet under all those tats. 
 New York til da DEF!!!! Ha! Last time I teamed up with YG was for his remix to “My Hitta.” We recently performed #BigBank at the BET Awards and had a blast wit my dudes Big Sean and 2 Chainz. I have classic bops with all 3 of them so I’m including them on this list. I’m super excited about my recent collaboration with Ariana Grande. She’s one of the realest artists I’ve had the pleasure of working with. She couldn’t fly with me to Turks to shoot the #BedVideo so we shot her scenes in Malibu. We’re actually working on edit number 2 for the #BedVideo to include all the fun stuff we had to remove. I love “Ball For Me” with Post Malone. Not sure why he won’t release the video.  It’s DOPE!!! 
 I hope you enjoy my playlist. Can’t wait for you guys to hear my 4th album QUEEN ON AUGUST 17!!!!!!!”

The delay isn’t the only troubling news for Nicki Minaj fans. Some folks (myself included) are a little more than disappointed by her decision to collaborate with controversial rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine on her user-successful track, “FEFE.”

The music video for the single that already charted at No. 1 paints a particularly troubling picture of a Candyland-like paradise where the rapper who plead guilty to “the use of a child in a sexual performance,” in 2015.

The video seems to endorse his despicable behavior and is another example of the fact that  despite the #MeToo movement, the community tends to ignore abuses of Black women when it suits them and chooses to celebrate the culprits.

For a woman who has made her mark by promoting girl power for years, the decision is puzzling and troubling to say the least.

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