Nicki Minaj Talks Album Cover, UK Release Date

By Kathy Iandoli

With two Billboard records under her belt, Rolling Stone and Out covers and a new album on the way, Nicki Minaj still keeps it hood. The femcee took it back to the people last night (October 7) and answered fans’ burning questions via Twitter.

No stranger to the 140 character world (or responding to her fans directly), Nicki routinely answers questions from her over 1.4 million followers arbitrarily. Last night the questions became a little more personal, and Nicki Minaj gladly obliged.

The semi-formal Q&A announcement arrived on Twitter around 8pm EST, when Nicki tweeted that Young Money affiliate Scaff Beezy needed 27 more followers to break the 13,000 mark. If he reached that number, Minaj promised a tell-all session with her fans and Scaff Beezy actually reached 13,145 followers.

The questions began pretty basic, as @CollegeBarbz asked “When can we expect the ‘Right Thru Me’ video”, to which Minaj replied “Gonna see the rough draft tonight.” The album questions included inquiries about a UK release date (November 23 per her label), along with the album cover being revealed shortly, as the Nickster just chose her album art.

Then fans dug a little bit deeper, as @Nicki_Support asked “Who was your childhood crush?” The response was both personal and sad, as Nicki responded, “Had a boyfriend named Khatif when I was 10, but he died. R.I.P. baby.”

On a happier note, @TeamMinajJapan asked, “Does your mother call you Onika or a family nickname?” Nicki tweeted “My parents have called me Nicki all my life.” The final question answered was @KaitlynMorris’ “Ever had any pets?” Per Nicki, she had a “really cute mutt” named Rocky.

Following the Q&A session, Nicki began retweeting fans’ compliments and well wishes, along with the promise that her true fans won’t be disappointed by the realness of her upcoming LP Pink Friday, particularly the intro. The last time she poured her heart out on wax was on the touching track “Autobiography” from her Sucka Free mixtape.

“It’s funny,” Nicki Minaj tweeted. “To so many people I’m the ‘new’ girl. But there are people who’ve been a part of my journey for the last three years. That’s why I do what I do.”