While Minaj stayed largely silent about her time in the studio, her money still talked a big game for her. In May 2017, Minaj caused a social media storm by offering to pay large chunks of the tuition bills of her followers.
“This makes me so happy. [A few from the other day] I’ll do another impromptu payment spree in a month or 2 but pls know that I’m launching my official charity for Student Loans/Tuition Payments VERY SOON! You’ll be able to officially sign up! I’ll keep you posted!” Minaj wrote in an Insta caption aimed at providing receipts for her sudden burst of generosity.
In that same month, Minaj took to Instagram once more to publicize her philanthropic work in a struggling Indian village.
“This is the kind of thing that makes me feel the most proud,” she admitted. In addition, the rapper also answered comedian Kevin Hart’s social media challenge and donated 25 racks to the Hurricane Harvey relief fund.
Safaree Samuels Breakup / Romance With Meek Mill
Nicki Minaj‘s longtime on-again, off-again romance with Safaree Samuels ultimately came to an end on October 22, 2014. While the split was rumored to be a result of Samuels’ jealousy over Minaj’s continued success, the “Paradise” rapper set the record straight when stopping by for an interview with Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club. “I walked away. I’m not going to say I broke up, but I’m the one who walked away. I packed up my stuff and I left,” he said. “I just got to the point where the respect wasn’t there. Everyone around her works for her, you know? So it got the point where it was like, I’m your man. I’m who you go to sleep with every night. I’m who you wake up with every morning. And it got to the point where I was being treated like an employee, instead of like her man.”
Following her breakup from Samuels, Minaj moved on to a romance with Philly-rooted rapper Meek Mills, who was featured twice on her third studio album The Pinkprint. Despite engagement and pregnancy rumors hovering around the couple throughout the entirety of their relationship, Meek and Minaj called it quitsin late 2016, allegedly due to the “In My Bag” rapper’s infidelity.
Singles And Features
Along with trolling fans in 2016 with the Pick My Fruit Out record tease (although we WOULD love to hear the self-proclaimed Black Barbie spit bars on “Mango,” “Watermelon” and “Bananas (Harambe interlude),” Minaj has been busy in the studio cranking out feature spots and solo cuts despite the absence of a fourth release. In addition to her fire verse on Major Lazer’s “Run Up” alongside PartyNextDoor in January 2017 in which she directly alludes to her next studio release, (“‘Bout to drop an album/This is my fourth”) Minaj kept the mic hot with three new singles in March 2017. After famously reuniting with the YMCMB crew, the rapper dropped “Changed It” featuringLil Wayne, “Regret In Your Tears” and “No Frauds” featuring Wayne and Drake–a direct response to rival Remy Ma’s longwinded “shETHER” diss track. With Ma spitting venom as a result of Minaj dragging the rapper on her featured verses in Jason DeRulo’s “Swalla” and Gucci Mane‘s “Make Love,” the beef between the two femcees soon devolved into a battle over PR– not who won the proverbial crown as the uncontested “queen of rap.”
Throughout the rest of 2017, Minaj dropped bars on a number of commercially successful singles, including Migos‘ “MotorSport” alongside hip-hop newcomer Cardi B, Yo Gotti‘s “Rake It Up,” Katy Perry‘s “Swish Swish,” two tracks on DJ Khaled‘s Grateful, Calvin Harris’ “Skrt On Me” and ASAP Ferg’s “Plain Jane (Remix).”
Social Media Silence
In 2018, Minaj ghosted on all of her social media accounts with her last Instagram upload coming through on December 30, 2017 (comments disabled, of course.) Stressed out by the rapper’s Internet hiatus, the #Kingdom (formerly known as the #Barbz) set to work on tracking Minaj down.
Thankfully, TMZ captured a quick video clip of the “Feeling Myself” rapper waving at fans outside of L.A.’s Chateau Marmont Hotel after attending an Oscar’s after-party hosted by Beyoncé and Jay-Z.
Ultimately, Minaj is concerned with keeping her new content close to her chest until she’s sure she’s created a body of work fitting of a years-long hiatus. “I needed time to hear myself think again because where I left off with The Pinkprintwas a little bit emotionally unstable,” the rapper revealed during a sit-down withNylon magazine. “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.”