Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
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  1. Aug 11, 2018
    An epic 19-track collection that stands as her best and boldest recorded work to date.
  2. 85
    Queen includes 19 tracks, which some might consider to be too long for an album. But Minaj avoids boring her listeners by changing up her flow and the atomosphere of each track.
  3. Aug 17, 2018
    It’s a lot of fun, but not quite the instant classic for which Minaj seems to have been aiming.
  4. Aug 14, 2018
    Within the framework of Queen--equal parts an album for her fans, a victory lap and a reminder of Minaj’s unflappable meta presence--the enormity of her success and her cultural impact is undeniable. There are genuine moments of the excitement and fun Minaj associates with her beloved New York City.
  5. 80
    It may lack cohesion at certain points, but one thing is never in doubt: Minaj is still one of the best in her field.
  6. Aug 14, 2018
    The connections between past and present, between style and form, make Queen feel like her most creatively honest album. She remains a force--whether you’re willing to bow or not.
  7. 75
    Even when Minaj has no featured artist to outwit, it is still braggadocious tracks like “Hard White,” “Good Form,” and “Barbie Dreams” that display her innate lyrical skill. Minaj thrives when she has an adversary. ... Unfortunately, when there isn’t one, her larger-than-life persona can lose some of its dimension.
  8. Aug 12, 2018
    At this point, she’s like a Starbucks coffee, a consistent product with a reliable buzz. The next cup probably won’t change your life, but it might just get you through the day.
  9. Aug 14, 2018
    Whether Nicki Minaj is the rightful queen of rap is up for debate, but the album, despite having several songs that were more filler than functional ("Sir," "Majesty," "Chun Swae"), highlights her ability to adapt to an ever-changing sonic landscape.
  10. Aug 14, 2018
    Despite some spectacular moments, Queen has a flabby, meandering mid-section.
  11. Aug 12, 2018
    Queen’s greatest asset is Nicki’s dual propensity for virtuosic verses and catchy pop elements. She skillfully blends them on the album’s best tracks.
  12. Aug 14, 2018
    There are no deep layers to be uncovered on Queen. No methodical analysis responding to her critics for her reliance on sexual ploys. Nary a mention of any mental anguish the grave allegations her brother faces.
  13. Sep 10, 2018
    On Queen, Nicki spends a lot of time ordering beheadings--which are fun, but get old quick--rather than showing us why she is and should be queen. Here's to hoping the next album gives us a more earnest, more raw glimpse of the head that wears the crown.
  14. Aug 20, 2018
    When Minaj leans into her untouchable strengths as a rapper, things get really exciting and an album of tracks as strong as "LLC" or "Barbie Dreams" would be one for the books. As it stands, however, Queen is another chapter of Minaj's good but largely meandering and inconsistent full-length album output.
  15. Aug 14, 2018
    There are enough good songs to give Queen a pass, but if it’s going to be 19 tracks, it needs to be more consistently awesome.
  16. Aug 14, 2018
    It’s refreshingly spur-of-the-moment on an album that’s let down by constant overthinking and underestimating of her abilities. If Minaj wants to make a mission statement of an album, worthy of this title, she needs to figure out a mission statement for herself.
  17. Aug 13, 2018
    The fuddy-duddy stance--thou shalt rise from the streets and compose by hand with paper and pen--feels bitterly defensive, even when Minaj lives up to her boasts about her hard-won craft, which on Queen is almost all the time.
  18. 60
    Unfortunately, in trying to take on all comers at once, there are parts of Queen that feel like an overreach. There is a better ten track effort hiding in Queen, but you get the impression Nicki kept tracks like ‘Miami’ to hedge her bets in a bid for streaming success. The Queen is back, but only just.
  19. Aug 13, 2018
    There are some very strong tracks here and Minaj’s flow remains utterly unique, even if she only puts it to use disparaging her subjects. She still has a good case to be the queen, but uneasy lies the head that wears a crown, perhaps.
  20. Aug 20, 2018
    Queen's title implies it's meant to function as a coronation for one of the biggest rappers ever, but it's more the sound of Minaj fighting to keep that crown on her head.
  21. Aug 16, 2018
    Except for standouts “Barbie Dreams,” “Good Form,” and “Chun-Li,” Queen is full of songs that Nicki has more or less done previously and in better ways. It’s not that Nicki has become a worse rapper (“Lara been Croft” jokes aside) or that the production is bad, it’s that everything here is only adequate--nothing pops, no chances are taken, and there isn’t any notable magic in these records.
  22. Aug 13, 2018
    Minaj is obviously capable of backing up all the posturing. ... But Queen also finds Minaj falling back on some frustratingly familiar shortcomings. The album loses its momentum whenever it aims for the pop charts.
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 1882 Ratings

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  1. Aug 10, 2018
    When you think some Iggy or Cardi **** can take her spot, she proves why and how to be the QUEEN. I'll give you 10 minutes to name somethingWhen you think some Iggy or Cardi **** can take her spot, she proves why and how to be the QUEEN. I'll give you 10 minutes to name something by a female rapper this decade more harder and iconic than Barbie Dreams. GO! Full Review »
  2. Aug 10, 2018
    Is the Nicki best album, Although many compare it with other rapers (Cardi B) this album has a lot of musical rap art
  3. Aug 10, 2018
    *sighs* This is honestly the most messiest rollout possible for any era & album. I don’t even no where to start! With the album being*sighs* This is honestly the most messiest rollout possible for any era & album. I don’t even no where to start! With the album being postponed and delayed over the last 4 years you would expect the quality of the songs to stand out from her antics? YEA NO. She’s spent more time declaring herself the queen of rap then actually taking her time, and putting quality into her craft. Her Hate train hasn’t steamed from people being sick and tired of the little effort she’s presenting and giving out to the gp! Her team and fans are filled with a bunch of yes men who just agree and nod their head to everything she’s does and she wonders why everything she releases is a peace of SH*t! I mean cmon! she just finished the album 12 hours ago.. if that isn’t rushed then i don’t know what is! The constant delays and pushbacks and this is all you have to offer? Anyways, t let’s move on to the album. The songs were lackluster as hell. there were a majority of 5 songs that didn’t sound the same or were at least enjoyable to listen too. Barbie Dreams, LLC, & Nip Tuck are the only songs i can see myself listening too a week after this. She could’ve did better than this! SHES NO QUEEN OF RAP. Full Review »