NEW YORK – Nicki Minaj, the rapper who has had much success on the pop charts with songs like Starships and Super Bass, says the re-release of her sophomore album will be nostalgic for her early fans.
The feel of the re-release is kind of like my first sound, like the mixtapes, she said of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up, released Tuesday.
The re-release comes seven months after Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts.
Excerpts from a recent Associated Press telephone interview:
Q. Whats the energy like on the re-release?
A. I studied a lot of the production side of this particular re-release. It was just important that the beats sounded a certain way. ... I was really able to step up the writing on it as well.
Q. This album features some of your signed artists, Parker and Thomas Brinx. Hows it feel to pay it forward?
A. Its exciting because I think that Im finally in a position to open doors for other people and its a great feeling because I feel like theyre so, so talented.
Q. What are your favorite albums of the year?
A. I really have been enjoying all of the hip-hop albums that came out because I feel like hip-hop artists have been taking their careers into their own hands and I just want to give a salute to everyone because its not easy.
Q. Is working as a judge on American Idol what you thought it would be like?
A. No. ... Theyre very long days and thats the biggest thing I didnt really expect. ... Im used to being able to handle my business at any time, and when its American Idol, sometimes were in one place for eight hours judging people and I cant go to my BlackBerry every five minutes like Im used to. But, as a whole, I love the experience that Im getting.
Q. How are you and Mariah Carey, another new judge on Idol, getting along?