Nicki Minaj Re-Releases 2009 Mixtape ‘Beam Me Up Scotty’ On Streaming Services, Features Drake, Lil Wayne
Twelve years after dropping her groundbreaking ‘Beam Me Up Scotty’ mixtape, Nicki Minaj has surprised fans by releasing it on streaming services for the first time ever.
Originally released in 2009, the new streaming version is expanded with new tracks, including “Seeing Green” featuring Drake and Lil Wayne, “Fractions,” and her remix of Skillibeng’s “Crocodile Teeth.” Also, Previously-released “Chi-Raq” and “Boss Ass Bitch (Remix)” are also included.
Speaking with her fans via her Instagram Live before the release, she said;
This is just to get back to the basics a little bit, to the essence of why I started rapping. I started rapping because I love listening to people who spit. I love punchlines.
She also went live with Drake, who she credits for helping her overcome writer’s block, saying;
This little hiatus was really fun because I was in mommy mode but also I went through this crazy little writer’s block for a second. This made me feel so competitive again. When I hear Drake and Wayne rap, it’s always gonna inspire something out of me. He’s a f**kin’ genius.
Drake links with Nicki Minaj on IG to talk about their track “Seeing Green” f/ Lil Wayne: pic.twitter.com/1Cntz27HTL
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Beam Me Up Scotty arrives ahead of Minaj’s upcoming fifth studio album, her first since 2018’s Queen, which is on the way.
Earlier this week, Nicki Minaj began sharing a series of Instagram posts that teased some kind of release and/or announcement set for Friday.
The DJ Holiday-hosted project was released on April 18, 2009, and marked Nicki’s third mixtape. She previously released 2007’s ‘Playtime Is Over’ and 2008’s ‘Sucka Free’. It spanned 23 tracks, including “I Get Crazy,” “Itty Bitty Piggy” and the “Best I Ever Had” remix and featured contributions from Drake, Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane, Busta Rhymes, Rihanna, and more.
Following the release, her fans took to social media to express their excitement about the new music from Minaj who hasn’t released anything this year.
The rapper was last featured on YoungBoy Never Broke Again‘s November release, “What That Speed Bout?!” and “Move Ya Hips” with A$AP Ferg and MadeinTYO. Her last solo track was “Yikes” which she dropped in February of last year.
The Trinidadian-born artist has been on a bit of a hiatus since she became a new mom and welcomed her first child back in September. She hasn’t posted on her social media much since then and enjoying the beauty of motherhood.
Nicki Minaj has also been working on her HBO Max docuseries, which the artist shared will give her fans a more “unfiltered” look into her personal life and professional journey.
In her absence, her fans called Barbz organized a campaign to boost downloads and streams of her song “LLC.” The singer track hit No. 1 on the U.S. iTunes Hip-Hop/Rap chart nearly three years after its release.