Nicki Minaj Addresses Tory Lanez & Iggy Azalea Bar, Ranks Her Own Albums

The 41-year-old's answers to both of these questions may surprise you, especially considering the people that she told them to.

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Nicki Minaj recently sat down for a very enlightening interview with Joe Budden, one that finally cleared up one of her new album Pink Friday 2's most memorable lyrics. "Stay in your Tory lane, b***h, I'm not Iggy," she rapped on the cut "FTCU," a pointed reference to both artists' working relationship, collaborative history, the letter that Azalea wrote in support of Lanez, and possibly a Megan Thee Stallion diss. Given how much this bar stood out, we're not surprised that the Slaughterhouse MC wanted to dive deeper in. When Joe asked, the Trinidadian rapper turned the question on him to see if his interpretation is on the right track.

"Well, it could be shade to a few people," Joe Budden began. "Without saying if you think the shade is in mind, what do you think the line itself means?" Nicki Minaj clapped back. "'I'm not one of them,' that's what I think it means," he replied. "And I think it was a clever way to say that." "Yeah! Thank you," she responded, although she seemed comically taken aback by his laughter right after. "I really appreciate me getting a compliment from Mr. Buddens! I'm taking it." "I liked your last album!" Joe hilariously defended, to which Nicki said that even she doesn't like that album.

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Elsewhere, she also spoke a little bit more on Queen indirectly via social media on Friday (December 22). Moreover, Nicki Minaj provided her "honest ranking" of all her albums on Twitter, which may surprise folks. "Ok here’s my honest ranking," she began. "1. Pink Friday 2. 2. The Pinkprint. 3. QUEEN. 4. Pink Friday. 5. Pink Friday Roman Reloaded (The Re-Up). But I truly respect all gag city resident opinions. What the albums mean to you is your own truth based on where you were in your own life." Considering that the 41-year-old apparently doesn't even like Queen, this insinuation that she doesn't like Pink Friday might be the reason she wanted to make whatever she wanted to make on its sequel.

Nicki Minaj Ranks Her Albums

Meanwhile, these comments on the Tory and Iggy bar are interesting considering other comments during this interview on her appreciation for female rappers. Surely the coming days and weeks will bring us more revelations and statements in this vein from someone so connected to their fanbase. We can't wait to see how the new year shapes up for the Queen. For more news and the latest updates on Nicki Minaj, come back to HNHH.

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Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.