Nicki Minaj promised MTV News recently that her debut album is coming this year, and that promise took one step closer to reality when she tweeted the album's release date on Thursday (July 8).

"Yes. It's time. November 23rd," she wrote.

Minaj talked with MTV News about the LP, which is the most hotly anticipated hip-hop debut since Drake's, earlier this week.

"The album is coming along just spectacular," Minaj said. "I been doing a lot of work with Swizz [Beatz], and the stuff that we been coming upon is magical. When people hear the album, they're going to get to know Onika [her birth name is Onika Maraj]. And no one knows Onika. I really didn't think I would be this excited about the songs that I'm coming up with. I'm really, really proud."

The Lil Wayne protégé had previously said that she's in no rush to complete the LP.

So far, she's released the song "Massive Attack," and the rapper is currently prepping the video for "Your Love," an accidental single that landed atop the Billboard Rap Songs chart.

In addition to opening up about her life, Nicki Minaj will be introducing another alter ego on the project: Roman Zolanski. But the animated femcee was hush on any details about that.

"I'm gonna let the album do that," she demurred. "As of now, you'll know Nicki and you'll know Roman, my crazy alter ego Roman Zolanski. But you'll meet Onika before the year ends."

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