Nicki Minaj has been building up the hype around her upcoming album for a while now and she;’s just spoken more of it in the latest issue of The New York Times‘ T magazine, which finds the current issue featuring eight cover personalities that are doing amazing things in their respective industries according to the mag. Her fourth studio album, which doesn’t have a release date as of yet, is apparently responsible in large part for her new found confidence and how content she feels with her life right now.

 “I know what this album is gonna mean to my fans. This album is everything in my life coming full circle and me being truly, genuinely happy. It feels almost like a celebration.”- Nicki Minaj

“The last album [was] almost like my diary, closing the chapter on certain things and not knowing if I was happy or sad about beginning new chapters […] Now, I can tell you guys what happened for the last two years of my life. I know who I am. I am getting Nicki Minaj figured out with this album and I’m loving her.” – Nicki Minaj

“This is definitely the most inspired and free and excited I’ve been since I started releasing albums through a label,” – Nicki Minaj

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