After hosting the most-listened to program in Apple Music history last month, Nicki Minaj returned on Friday (July 27) with the latest episode of Queen Radio live from Apple's Los Angeles studios. Minaj got on the mic to kick off episode 14 just prior to 4 p.m. ET and congratulated Chance the Rapper on the release of his The Big Day debut, which she notched a pair of features on.
The Chicago native then called into the show to talk everything surrounding his new album. Minaj was enamored at how Chance landed a genre-blending collab with pop star Shawn Mendes. "I've known him for about four or five years," he explained. "I met him at a show I played a long time ago, and we just never got some music together. He was in Chicago a few weeks ago and I had this house beat I was working on, and he came through the studio and was like, 'I love this one.' He laid the vocals and it was incredible."
One track that nearly didn't make the album was the Smino-assisted "Eternal," which would actually become his favorite song on the album. "I had started working on the beat and had this little thing I kept saying in my head, 'Side n—-s can't dance like this. Side chicks can't dance like this,'" said Chance. "When Smino asked me if I had any tracks I was working on, I sent him that because I really wanted to make it happen. After he sent me his verse, it really inspired me to put a new verse and add a hook. That was my favorite song on the album."
Minaj went on to say that Chance reminded her a bit of Kanye West with his verse on "Zanies and Fools." Even though he didn't appear on the album, West was heavily in the ear of Chance when putting the finishing touches on the effort.
"He's one of the most supportive people in my life," Chance said of his relationship with West. "I went and spent some time with him a couple weeks before the album dropped. He just gave me some ideas. We've spent a lot of time on the phone in the past two days. That's fellowship and it's strengthening each other. There's not as few people as you think that use God as their strength. He lets me talk very freely about what I like or dislike or what I feel we could do better. Imagine having an amazing friend that's loyal, supports you, and wants to see you do great, and that person being Kanye West."
Nicki got candid with her assist on "Zanies and Fools," as she futher detailed that even though she met boyfriend Kenneth "Zoo" Petty growing up in Queens, she actually had another boyfriend at the time. "And then, the phone beeps. Kenneth Petty calling," she recalled of Petty's nonstop pursuit. "Boyfriend could hear his voice through the phone so he picked up the phone and they both went like 'What up, what up, what up?'"
The Queen rapper then brought the man that discovered her well over a decade ago into the studio to reunite with Big Fendi. Minaj actually shouted him out on her verse on Chance's "Zanies and Fools." The duo attempted to hash out their differences, as they had a bit of revisionist history when recalling the exact account of what caused their split way back when.
Minaj said she would always be eternally grateful for the Brooklyn native showcasing her in The Come Up DVD, which Lil Wayne saw and eventually cleared the way for her to be a superstar. Nicki even gave her former manager Deb Antney a call, who Minaj left Fendi for because of Antney's creative vision, to reconnect the trio for the first time in years.
Listen to episode 14 of Queen Radio here.