The Verge Playlist: NickiLeaks

Nicki Minaj’s third studio album The Pinkprint officially drops on Monday, and as of this writing there’s a good chance you may already have it on your computer or audio listening device. If so, carry on; let’s regroup after the weekend and chat about our feelings. If not, now’s as good a time as any to get hyped and remind yourself why a new Nicki album is something to be excited about.

Nicki’s pop leanings are still controversial among those who fell in love with her in her mixtape days. I tend to believe that she should pursue whatever sound she wants to pursue, but I get the frustration with the fact that the massive popularity of 2012’s “Starships” would inevitably overshadow her more out-there stuff; that it would become the first…

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