Nicki Minaj wasn’t lying when she rapped that she runs businesses in her latest single “Red Ruby Da Sleeze.” The 40-year-old showed and proved that statement when she announced news of her own record label on Queen Radio this past Friday.
Nicki Minaj Announced The Return of Queen Radio
As reported by The Shade Room, Minaj recently appeared in her home country of Trinidad and Tobago to celebrate Carnival. Shortly after, the rapper took to Instagram to announce that her radio show, Queen Radio, would be returning on Friday, March 3rd via Amazon’s Amp.
According to Vulture, Queen Radio first launched on Apple Music in 2018. The show’s final episode on the platform, Episode 17, aired in 2020, as reported by Billboard.
In 2021, Minaj did not publicly disclose why the show left Apple Music. But did share a tweet with fans announcing that she was exploring “new avenues for the show.”
Thank you Joe, I rlly appreciate you asking & caring. We have a new home. Official announcement coming soon. I gotta s/o Larry Jackson @ Apple tho, for originally putting the idea on my radar & giving me his blessing to explore new avenues for the show. #QueenRadio 🎀 pic.twitter.com/kX7KYPS7G6
— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) December 14, 2021
According to On Smash, it’s speculated that Minaj left Apple Music to assist with the launch of Amazon’s new social radio app, Amp.
Nicki Minaj Delivers Single, Announces Record Label On Her Radio Show
After announcing the return of Queen Radio, Minaj shared a preview of her latest single, “Red Ruby Da Sleeze.” The mother of one explained that the song would leave “ghost writers all around the world” scrambling.
The single was released on the morning of Friday, March 3rd, and Queen Radio made its return that evening. Despite the back-to-back gifts from Minaj to her fans, no one would be able to anticipate the rapper’s next surprise.
Well, I have a record label now…
Minaj revealed to a room full of applause.
Nicki Minaj Shared More About Her Record Label & Her Artists
The rapper went on to share that Patty Lauren, also known as Patty Duke, will be the A&R of the label. Minaj also disclosed that she would not yet be revealing the label’s name.
Patty Duke is the first A&R on my label. I’m not going to tell you guys the name of the label yet, right. But I’ll tell you guys that on the next show. We’ll do a next show pretty soon.
Additionally, Minaj’s first four artists include singer Nana Fofie, rapper Tate Kobang, rapper Rico Danna, and rapper London Hill. Despite the heavy inclusion of rappers, Minaj stressed that her artists and their music will breed a variety of sounds.
Don’t think my label is just rap, or Black, or anything. We got some other genres of music.
Nicki Minaj with her new signed artists, @nanafofiee & @Londonhilll 🎀 pic.twitter.com/XPQ81u6llB
— 𝗙𝗔🅱️𝗜𝗢ᴺᴹ (@FABIOTHEEBARB) March 6, 2023
The Rapper Reflects On Lil Wayne’s Mentorship & Her Responsibility To Her New Artists
Minaj went on to reflect on her mentor Lil Wayne, and how he selflessly prioritized propelling her career. As well as those of his other Young Money artists.
When I came in this game, I didn’t have no paperwork with Lil Wayne. But he had us on tour, he had us in a studio, he was getting on my mixtapes. I understand the importance of having somebody else doing the heavy lifting for you. I understand why people are coming out and they’re so, you know, microwaveable and they’re here today and gone tomorrow, because there’s no structure.
Then recalled why she never started her own label until now, reiterating that she plans to go about this new venture the right way.
There’s no real person that believes in them. That’s like, ‘nah, I’m gonna make it my business to see you shine’. That’s why I never wanted to do a label before because I said to myself… unless I’m ready to really put these artists on I’m not gonna ruin anyone’s life.
Additionally, Minaj revealed that she plans to work extremely hard for her artists in getting them the exposure and opportunity that they deserve.
When I get behind an artist, y’all know how I do s**t for people that’s not even signed to me. Imagine what I’ma do for the ones that’s signed.
Listen to the full show here.