Nicki Minaj surprised her fans by skipping the obvious route of publishing her music through Tidal, a streaming service she co-owns. This Afternoon, Nicki visited Zane Lowe's Beats 1 studio for a the unveiling of her two singles, and a tell-all question period.

Nicki Minaj on Drake

Nicki referred to her next album as her best to date: “This is the best album in my life that I’ve ever created.” When Lowe pressed on her on the status of her relationship with Drake, Nicki compared the two to an old married couple, who get on each other's nerves but also serve each other in a learned capacity.

Nicki Minaj on Meek Mill Fallout

On the topic of her relationship with ex Meek Mill, Nicki Minaj became noticeably emotional. She insinuated that even though they are lovers in the past sense, Meek's prison sentence remains an issue that takes up space in her thoughts. Drake and her have since ironed out their issues stemming from Meek Mill debacle, if you take Nicki for her word. "Both Meek and Drake have moved on from that, their anger," she tells Zane Lowe.

Nicki Minaj on Cardi B

Nicki addressed the constant comparisons with Cardi B by suggesting that it wasn't up until recently that her would-be nemesis paid her the respect she feels she is due. 

"I remember when I first came in the game, if a female of that stature had done a feature with me on it, I would only be singing their praises and saying thank you. The first interview she did after "Motorsport" came out, it just really hurt me. She looked so aggravated and angry. The only thing she said was "oh, I didn't hear that, I didn't hear that verse." Like what?"  Do you feel their beef is warranted?

Lil Wayne's Impromptu Call-In

The interview also featured a sincere moment in which Lil Wayne called in to show his undying support for Nicki. He even went as far as to refer to himself and Nicki as a "power couple." Nicki warned him that when these comments come out in the written form he'd surely regret it. Lil Wayne then passably shrugs her off.

Of interest to those taking a more casual glance at her comeback, she also premiered her two singles which you can listen to here and here.