Nicki Minaj fans will need to exercise some patience as the release of her highly-anticipated album, Pink Friday 2, has been pushed back. The album was originally slated to drop on November 17, the same day as Lil Wayne’s Welcome 2 ColleGrove collaboration with 2 Chainz. However, Nicki recently revealed via an Instagram Live session that the album’s release date has been rescheduled to a more significant date, her birthday, which falls on December 8.
During the live stream, Nicki emphasized that the decision to delay her album was made discreetly some time ago and refuted any suggestions that Lil Wayne, her mentor under Young Money, had intentionally chosen the same release date.
“I have changed my album date,” she explained. “It’s been changed for some time now behind the scenes. As you can tell, Weezy and 2 Chainz, they announced their date, and you know how me and Weezy play. He would never do that if that was my album date, so I wanted to make sure you guys were aware of that. ‘Cause I saw some of you guys questioning that.”
Nicki assured her fans that there was a compelling reason behind this decision, one that the “Barbz” (Nicki Minaj’s fanbase) would appreciate. She promised to reveal the exact reason for the delay, stating, “When I tell you why I’ve changed it, you will be like, ‘You did the right thing, Nick.’”
The new release date holds particular significance for Nicki as it aligns with her birthday, making Pink Friday 2 even more special to her and her devoted fanbase.
The delay was primarily attributed to a shipping issue related to the vinyl copies of the album. Nicki shared that the vinyls wouldn’t be ready in time for the original November 17 release, but they would be available for December 1. Ultimately, she opted to reschedule the release to her birthday, December 8.
While the album’s release date has shifted, Nicki Minaj still has some major plans for November 17. She intends to make significant announcements about her upcoming tour on that day. The tour, set to kick off in the first quarter of 2024, has been dubbed her “greatest tour” yet.
Nicki Minaj promised that Pink Friday 2 will be a unique experience, setting it apart from her previous tours. She emphasized the album’s significance in this regard, stating:
“This will be a very different feeling tour, even if you’ve been to every Nicki Minaj tour that’s ever existed. There are certain things that I always do similar in all my tours; this time, it’s going to be a completely different perspective.”
Nicki Minaj has already given fans a glimpse of what to expect with two album covers for “Pink Friday 2” and potential singles like “Super Freaky Girl,” “Red Ruby Da Sleeze,” and “Last Time I Saw You.” This album follows her 2018 release, Queen, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and made a strong impact with 185,000 album-equivalent units sold in its first week.