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Nicki Minaj Admits She Wasn't Herself on 2012 Sophomore Album: "I Missed the Mark"

"...but my first, third and fourth album[s], I was myself."
Nicki Minaj, 2018

Fresh off the release of her new album, Queen, Nicki Minaj sat down for a one-on-one interview with Ebro Darden on Thursday on Beats 1 on Apple Music, during which she expressed disappointment in one of her four major label full-length releases.

"With my second album, I felt I missed the mark," Nicki admitted, "but my first, third and fourth album[s], I was myself."

Released in 2012, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, featuring notable singles such as "Starships" and "Beez In The Trap." To date, the 19-track album has been certified double-Platinum.

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While Nicki might be unhappy with the final product she rolled out six years ago, there is no denying the project's commercial success. As for her latest LP, which DJBooth senior writer Yoh Phillips deemed "painfully forgettable," Nicki believes her decision to step away from social media allowed her to produce some of the best work of her career.

"That's why I was able to deliver an album this carefully-crafted because I unplugged myself [from social media]," Nicki said. "I said 'Y'all motherfuckers go do what you do, I'm going to do what the fuck I do,' which is [to] write and perfect my lyrics."

Given what has been reported over the past few months in regards to Nicki's behavior on social media, it's hard to believe her when she says she unplugged from Twitter and Instagram—at least during the home stretch of the album's creative process. That said, she deserves kudos for being able to look back on a previous release and admit to the world that the product she delivered, while undeniably successful, wasn't an authentic representation of her artistry.

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