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Nicki Minaj hosted her first episode of Queen Radio on Apple Music last night, and during the show, she announced that she was pulling a bit of a Kanye: She had just finished her new album Queen a few hours before going on the air, and today, it’s available to the world.
Meanwhile, Foxing stakes their claim at indie rock supremacy, Moses Sumney offers up a quick treat, and a handful of other artists are releasing their first records into the world — Trippie Redd, Tomberlin, Tirzah, and Jake Shears, although the latter is well established after his illustrious career as frontman of Scissor Sisters.
Nicki Minaj — Queen
The album was supposed to be pushed back a week due to trouble with samples, but that’s apparently been taken care of because now it’s here. Aside from samples, there are also high-profile collaborators here, including Eminem, Ariana Grande, Lil Wayne, and others.
Trippie Redd — Life’s A Trip
The XXL 2018 Freshman Class member flexes on his debut album by hitting a variety of moods, from the sunny and optimistic “Taking A Walk” to the more menacing “Dark Knight Dummo” with Travis Scott. He’s recruited more big names than that to help on this effort, sicne Diplo and Young Thug are also on the tracklist.
Tomberlin — At Weddings
Tomberlin proves on her debut that you don’t need to make a lot of noise to be heard. At Weddings is often a quiet album, and it uses that intimacy to make you listen to her emotive songs.
Foxing — Nearer My God
Foxing made headlines for releasing the Nearer My God title track in English, Spanish, French, German, and Japanese, but nothing about their latest is a novelty. Instead, what we get is an album of adventurous and dynamic indie rock, whether it’s the bombastic album opener “Grand Paradise” or the experimental nine-minute “Five Cups.”
Read our interview with Foxing here.