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Queen Radio: Real or Real Uncomfortable

Nicki Minaj has been exhibiting strange and somewhat unreasonable behavior since the release of her latest album “Queen”. She has been in altercations with Travis Scott, Kylie Jenner, Cardi B, and just about all of social media. While her voice is important to be heard (especially as a powerful female artist in the rap/hip-hop category) she has most certainly gone about displaying her emotions in the WORST way possible. Her behaviors have been somewhat erratic, for more reasons than one, leaving her misinterpreted and misunderstood. In the midst of all the madness, she has created “Queen Radio”, a radio station sponsored by Beats1, to give her the ability to release anything on her mind, but is it real talk or real uncomfortable? 

It is possible that the station is not the best idea for her as emotions are extremely high post album, but it is making for all the better listening material and seemingly spewing all the dirty little secrets of the industry. 

Now on her eighth episode, Nicki has made herself at home on the air and raised many eyebrows in the process. Already known for a special award called “The Cock Sucker Award” which Nicki first announced when receiving her Video Music Award just a few weeks ago; mentioning to the audience to “tune in” to Queen Radio to see who would be receiving the said award. The award is similar to “Donkey of the Day” via The Breakfast Club, but unlike them, Nicki shoots low (at times) and has seemed to be adamant to ruffle feathers. 

Nicki has used Queen radio to address her current issues; this week her distress is with Cardi B. Taking to the airway to express her absolute disgust for the altercation between the two during the Haper’s Bazaar’s ICON party this past Friday. Nicki admitting reveals during the show that she feels humiliated to have been part of the scene.

The reason Cardi B addressed Nicki at the Harper’s Bazaar party was that of alleged rumors of ill things being said about Cardi’s newborn child. Cardi stated in a later Instagram post that Nicki has a record of stopping people from getting money, sneak dissing, and threatening artists not to work with people she feels threatened by. While these alleged rumors have stacked against Nicki for years, they are just rumors as of now.

Nicki outwardly expressed her distaste for the entire situation and becoming very frustrated throughout the sit down with Funkmaster Flex. Nicki denied saying anything about the baby girl named “Kulture”, she did say that Cardi “has made her career off of sympathy and payola” and ends by saying “If you put your hands on certain people you gon’ die”. While I don’t think the quote should be taken as a direct threat it is certainly a future warning.

“Queen Radio” is becoming an important outlet for Nicki to express the turmoil that seemingly follows her around, but there is no telling how much truth is being displayed. While the content comes off wild on its own the question is left to be determined if the station can stand on its own without the rapper’s antics for material.

Anna Tsiaras | contributor

Anna is a graduate from Rutgers University where she received her B.A. in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @annatsiaras.

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