Music

Nicki pulls on J'can talent

By Kevin Jackson
Observer writer

Monday, August 13, 2018

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Trinidadian rapper Nicki Minaj has some Jamaican influence on her latest album Queen, which was released on Friday by Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money Records.

The 19-track set features production from Jamaican producers Matthew “Boi-1Da” Samuels and Dwayne “Supa Dups” Chin-Quee.

In a post on his Instagram account on Friday, “Supa Dups” confirmed his participation in the album.

“@Nicki Minaj 4th album is out now. #Queen. Happy to be a part of it 06. “Bed” featuring @arianagrande produced by Supa Dups.”

Samuels produced the track Hard White.

The track Coco Chanel, which features rapper Foxy Brown, samples Jamaican producer Dave Kelly's 1998 hit rhythm Showtime. Minaj can be heard rapping in patois on the beat.

This is not the first time Minaj has incorporated Jamaican elements in her music. Her 2012 album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, which sold over two million copies, features the song Gunshot, a collaboration with Beenie Man.

She also teamed with Gyptian on the 2010 hit song Hold Yuh.

Winston “Blackout” Thomas, whose parents are Jamaicans, produced the track Roman Holiday on the 2012 project.

Samuels produced the song All Things Go, which is from Minaj's 2014 album The Pinkprint which also sold over two million copies.

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