Since transitioning from her mixtape days to album mode and bonafide stardom, beginning with 2010's Pink Friday, Nicki Minaj has paced herself in between releases: There was a sixteen-month span between that debut and the follow up, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, and another nineteen, once that dropped, before The Pinkprint hit stores.
We're now approaching that sweet spot -- it's been fifteen months since The Pinkprint's December 2014 release -- but it doesn't sound like Nicki has any imminent plans to drop a new project.
“I needed time to hear myself think again, because where I left off with The Pinkprint was a little bit emotionally unstable,” she told Nylon, in a new cover story, about her upcoming music. "I wanted to take a moment to just live my life, enjoy my life, have fun, go out. I think that’s very important before you start writing again. It’s a spiritual experience for the people who are hearing the music, so I’m trying to be very careful of what mental space I’m in while I’m creating it. Now, I want my happiness to be reflected in the new stuff.”
For the time being, she's focusing on her acting. She stars in Barbershop: The Next Cut, in theaters next month, and Nicki, the ABC Family series based on her life growing up in Queens, is on the way, too.
“Musically, I feel very fulfilled, and now I can start tapping into my acting world, where it’s about passion and not about the money,” she said. “It’s wanting to be what I set out to be when I was in high school: an actress.”
Despite this potential impending musical drought, though, thankfully, we've got "No Broken Hearts," the new single from Bebe Rexha, which features Nicki, and was released today, just like the cover.