In the days leading up to Nicki Minaj‘s debut release Pink Friday, the rapper is doing much to promote the album. She took to Twitter on Monday to announce a partnership with MTV to document the road to making the album.
“Here’s a first look at a BIG project I’m doing with MTV,” she wrote on Twitter. “Sneak peek later this week!” The documentary will be similar to Drake’s MTV-produced doc “Better Than Good Enough,” which chronicled the making of his Thank Me Later album.
Pink Friday releases on Nov. 22.
Also gearing up to release an album is Bay Area rapper Berner. The forthcoming effort will be called The White Album, and will feature appearances from Nipsey Hussle, Killer Mike, The Jacka, and many others.
The full-length album does not yet have a release date.
In other news, author Dave Tompkins’ newest book How To Wreck A Nice Beach: The Vocoder From World War II To Hip Hop explores the history of the vocoder machine. The book includes encounters with Stevie Wonder, Kraftwerk, and Roger Troutman (who’s use of the talk box is commonly confused with the vocoder).
The book looks at its invention by Bell Labs in 1928, its use in both World War II and the Vietnam War, and its transition into the world of Pop and Hip Hop music. It is on shelves now.