Today Belongs to the Barbz

The post was cryptically captioned with just the word “F R I D A Y” and a crossed finger emoji. It featured footwear-of-the-moment Crocs, as well as Chanel-branded candy. Listen to Beam Me Up Scotty, below.Photo via Instagram And they deserve it. her longtime Young Money collaborators Drake and Lil Wayne, “Fractions” (invented math) and a remix of Skillibeng’s “Crocodile Teeth.” A few tracks from the original mixtape didn’t make the cut, such as “Feel Free” and “Mind on My Money.”Related | Break the Internet: Minaj à TroisNicki as a general rule doesn’t upload any of her mixtapes to streaming. As teased on social media all week, Minaj included two new songs, “Seeing Green” feat. Today we get to time travel back there, because Nicki Minaj has released her Beam Me Up Scotty mixtape on streaming services for the first time, to celebrate its 12-year anniversary. “This is the 12-year anniversary of the mixtape, and a lot of you have been there with me for so fricking long,” she said during last night’s much-anticipated Instagram Live. We hadn’t been able to sleep since Monday, when Minaj blessed us with her first Instagram post since January. In a follow-up post, Minaj posted a few lines from “Fractions.”Despite vaguely entering retirement and giving birth to her first child over the past year, she’s actually remained fairly active in music, memorably putting down a verse for Doja Cat’s “Say So” remix and, uh, 6ix9ine’s “TROLLZ.” More upcoming Nicki content: an upcoming HBO documentary series about her life and artistry, dates TBA.Today, truly, belongs to the Barbz. “So because this is the anniversary, we thought we would do something special.”

Minaj also confirmed she has a brand new album in the works, as follow up to 2018’s Queen. It sounds like she went through a stint of writer’s block in recent months, but “all of a sudden” her inspiration returned, with the help of Drake, who insisted she appear on “Seeing Green.” “When you’re gone, I’m speaking for everybody on the Live, when I say we really miss you,” Drake told Minaj during the slightly chaotic stream. Good morning! Other memorable highlights from the livestream: Minaj saying hi to Halle Berry and Drake, and revealing that Papa Bear recently said his first word, “Mama.” She may or may not share a video of that moment soon.Related | Nicki Minaj Had Her Baby!Minaj also said that fans on her mailing list will get an exclusive letter soon revealing more about what she’s been doing during her hiatus. Remember the perfect year that was 2009? She told Barbz that she was making an exception for Beam Me Up Scotty as a treat for her extremely loyal fans. Seconded!