Nicki Minaj - Queen
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2018 Ratings: #491 / 598
User Score
Based on 355 ratings
2018 Ratings: #538
August 10, 2018 / Release Date
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Young Money, Cash Money / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
The Line of Best Fit

Minaj’s new album Queen is a reminder to everyone that she is still at the top of the rap game.

83
A.V. Club
It’s a lot of fun, but not quite the instant classic for which Minaj seems to have been aiming.
80
The Independent

Queen is the most important album of Minaj’s career so far. It’s the first time in her career that she has faced real opposition, and this latest record suggests that competition brings out the best in her. It may lack cohesion at certain points, but one thing is never in doubt: Minaj is still one of the best in her field.

80
XXL

Over the course of an hour, Queen offers a tasting menu of classic New York hip-hop, diasporic sounds and future pop hits—a safe play that will satisfy everyone to some degree.

80
Highsnobiety
Sure, her highness could have drawn some inspiration from the G.O.O.D. Music rollout and trimmed the album down a bit, but with this fourth record, Minaj has created her purest hip-hop album to date, and perhaps her very best too.
76
Pitchfork
On her most rap-oriented release yet, Nicki jettisons all the industry madness, drowns out the noise, and creates rap the way she believes it should sound.
75
Consequence of Sound
At this point, she’s like a Starbucks coffee, a consistent product with a reliable buzz. The next cup probably won’t change your life, but it might just get you through the day.
75
Entertainment Weekly
With a total play time of just over an hour, the project could be described as an all-you-can-eat banquet offering everything from the boom-bap production of classic hip-hop to trap, dancehall, reggae, and Minaj’s singular twist on pop. Reflections on relationships, the nature of success, and professional jealousies are underpinned by Minaj’s impressive creative range.
70
Sputnikmusic
So perhaps Nicki isn’t the queen, but she has proven, at the very least, that some of that old monster is still inside her.
70
Exclaim!

The 18-song album covers an array of Nicki styles — pop-rap, bar-for-bar rap and even moments reminiscent of her early mixtapes, but when she strays left, Queen loses some of its royal jewels.

70
Rolling Stone

Despite some spectacular moments, Queen has a flabby, meandering mid-section.

68
HipHopDX

Her fourth studio album, Queen, comes off as a bloated assortment of songs that bang and boom devoid of any real soul.

60
NME

‘Queen’ *almost* works as a two-way effort from Nicki Minaj, one part reclamation of her position at hip-hop’s top table and one part raising the bar for any pretenders looking to take a seat. Unfortunately, in trying to take on all comers at once, there are parts of Queen that few like an overreach.

60
The Guardian
There are some very strong tracks here and Minaj’s flow remains utterly unique, even if she only puts it to use disparaging her subjects. She still has a good case to be the queen, but uneasy lies the head that wears a crown, perhaps.
60
The 405
If you were expecting something on-par with her previous albums (i.e. a few standouts surrounded by filler), you won’t be disappointed. But this was her time to shine and the result is an unfocused album that gnaws when it needs to bite.
60
NOW Magazine

There are enough good songs to give Queen a pass, but if it’s going to be 19 tracks, it needs to be more consistently awesome. Quality over quantity, please – life is short!

60
AllMusic

As it stands ... Queen is another chapter of Minaj's good but largely meandering and inconsistent full-length album output.

60
FLOOD Magazine

In a summer where scores of hip-hop heavyweights failed to whittle their work into a concise artistic statement, the sins of Queen are hardly glaring or unforgivable. They do, however, obscure the album Minaj should have released—one that finally, definitively justifies her self-coronation.

60
No Ripcord

On Queen, Nicki spends a lot of time ordering beheadings—which are fun, but get old quick—rather than showing us why she is and should be queen.

50
Slant Magazine

Indeed, Queen tries so hard to impress everyone that it risks failing to satisfy anyone. Aside from a few moments of levity ... much of the album feels turgid and dour, the work of a virtuoso amply demonstrating her skill but forgetting to have any fun in the process.

50
The Needle Drop

Nicki Minaj still has her energy, technical ability, and sharp lyricism going for her, but too often on Queen these are drowned out by generic production and horrid features.

50
Spectrum Culture

Queen does not have the tossed-off, recorded-as-fast-as-possible feel of many recent rap releases, but it’s hard not to think how strong this album would be if its 66 minutes were pared down to 40.

50
PopMatters
Maybe once she's semi-retired and comfortable many years from now, she'll come out of seclusion with something great. But Nicki Minaj has never sounded comfortable, least of all when she's running around making sure everything's tidy for her own coronation.
Aug 10, 2018
u4ya
77
"Ganja Burns" is a bop!! Love that dancehall beat.

If "Majesty" gets chosen as a single before "Ganja Burns", I may protest yet again.

“Ganja Burns” was supposed to be “Ganja Burn” but the typo made the album.💀

“Barbie Dreams” really is that bitch. I like her playfulness with calling out the other rappers.

“Rich Sex” & “Hard White” we love a hard queen.

“Bed” still bops. But ... read more
Aug 11, 2018
perrydeplatypus
40
I've only listened to it once but man there is too much filler. I had hopes because i liked the two tracks she released before the album . I donno what makes nicki interesting anymore, i couldn't take away anything from this album.
(This is not final , will edit this if my opinion changes)
favs: coco chanel ,chun li
least favs:sir(future is awful), rich sex , come see about me (you expect me to take this seriously).
Jun 16, 2018*
martin101
67
This is the same girl that pushed back her album to August because she couldn't compete with the June releases and did a desperate concert ticket bundle to dramatically increase her sales! A queen doesn't rely on concert tickets toward total album sales. Her song Chun-Li couldn't even compete with Cardi B or other artists on the charts. She even sparked dating rumors with Eminem to get the public eye. sad. And when she does get those numbers due to that bundle, she boast like she's still the ... read more
Aug 1, 2018*
Pamford45
30
Delayed the album one more week because she didn't want to compete with Astroworld, instead of facing the challenge...

Ironic

EDIT: huh... It looks like it actually released the day it should... This album is atrocious and full of filler. If you think this review is lazy and uninspired... Well... Just like the fucking album.
Aug 10, 2018
jordymusic
40
Nicki Minaj's lyricism can actually be pretty good when she's not focused on detailing the superiority of her "pussy" and how well she rides. Unfortunately, that seems to be the topic of most of the music here along with how she's the best in the game. Cardi's album was a lot better, even Iggy's EP was better than this. The downfall of Queen comes from the boring, outdated and repetitive production and lack of real insight or wit in the lyricism.

Queen starts well with Nicki ... read more
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Track List

  1. Ganja Burns
  2. Majesty [ft. Eminem & Labrinth]
  3. Barbie Dreams
  4. Rich Sex [ft. Lil Wayne]
  5. Hard White
  6. Bed [ft. Ariana Grande]
  7. Thought I Knew You [ft. The Weeknd]
  8. Run & Hide
  9. Chun Swae [ft. Swae Lee]
  10. Chun-Li
  11. LLC
  12. Good Form
  13. Nip Tuck
  14. 2 Lit 2 Late Interlude
  15. Come See About Me
  16. Sir [ft. Future]
  17. Miami
  18. Coco Chanel [ft. Foxy Brown]
  19. Inspirations Outro


Added on: May 7, 2018