Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday Follow-Up Due Early 2012

'Nicki's back in the studio, so we're looking to drop Nicki in the first quarter,' Cash Money boss Birdman says.

The countdown is on, Barbz. Nicki Minaj's Cash Money boss Birdman is dishing on when the fierce female MC plans to drop her follow-up to Pink Friday.

"Nicki's back in the studio, so we're looking to drop Nicki in the first quarter," Brian "Birdman" Williams said in an interview with He went on to dish that Minaj could potentially drop new music sometime before year-end.

"Maybe this year? I don't know," he added about releasing a single before 2012 strikes. "We're really thinking it out. But she's in the studio, and we're looking real soon, because she's ready to go and we're ready to go with her."

Earlier this month, BET reported that Minaj posted a blog post about how her alter-ego Roman would play a part in her new music. Although the post was later removed, the MC teased that Roman is out for revenge.

"Roman will be in rare form this time. You know why? Cuz he no longer gives a f---," she wrote. "He has two more weeks in boarding school. We're going to pick him up now. When he lands, he will address the nation in the form of music. He will also announce the date."

Over the summer, Roman was the topic of discussion when Minaj teased her new LP. "I don't think I'm hitting up anybody for features for this sophomore album," she told us. "Roman ... possibly. But I never give away all my secrets."

Whether or not Roman will have anything to do with this record, Minaj's Pink Friday producer Kane Beatz recently told MTV News, "We got one so far. She's in L.A. goin' crazy. ... She just started, so she's really picking her music and picking the songs. She's real selective. She'll pick all the beats before she even starts writing, so right now, we're just getting music together, and it's goin' crazy right now."