Nicki Minaj Isn't 'Rushing' Her Debut Album

'I'd love to put an album out this year, but I don't believe in rushing things,' Young Money MC says.

[artist id="3055069"]Nicki Minaj[/artist]'s latest string of guest appearances has garnered plenty of attention — actress Michelle Trachtenberg even posted a vlog of herself singing Nick's verse to Robin Thicke's "Shakin' It 4 Daddy." The blogs are also buzzing about her verse (and Freddy Krueger look) in Ludacris' "My Chick Bad" video, as well as her appearance in [article id="1631494"]Mariah Carey's "Up Out My Face" clip[/article].

Will these famous collaborators return the favor and jump on Minaj's debut LP?

"I'm sure they will. You know what's funny — I'm thinking I'm gonna have more features than I even wanna put on my album," she told MTV News recently. "I've gotten great feedback from artists I look up to and never thought I'd work with. They're already in line to be on the project. But it's like, 'Do I want to put out a debut album with a thousand features on it or do I wanna finally showcase Nicki?' I'm not worried about features at all because I've been blessed to come in the game and work with top-notch artists from the inception of my career."

Those guest appearances and her verses on the Young Money album will have to tide her fans over for the time being — she's just getting around to recording her album.

"I'm in the very beginning stage of the recording process of my album," she explained. "I have songs that where I am now, they aren't a great representation of me to where I'm at musically. I wanna start from scratch but I do have my single and it'll be out. It's gonna be 'Massive Attack.'

"With the album, just like with my mixtape, I never like to rush it," she added. "With the album, I think it's more important that people get accustomed to seeing a female rapper again. Before I drop an album, people need to come out and see. People don't even know what a female rapper does. We're so not used to seeing it. It's nonexistent in categories. We don't get nominated. I need to work [the people] up to accepting a female rapper again and accepting my style and all of that — then the album will come. Honestly, I'd love to put an album out this year, but I don't believe in rushing things either. We'll see."