Jamaica, Queens rapper Nicki Minaj offered a brief update on the status of her upcoming album, The Pink Print, during an interview with Carson Daly of AMP Radio. According to the Young Money artist, the album will be released during the fourth quarter of this year.

Nicki later spoke on what fans can expect on The Pink Print, which she labeled “amazing.” The rapper even recalled fellow artist Drake being caught off guard by her decision to address new topics on the album.

“The album will definitely be out in the fourth quarter of the year,” Nicki Minaj said, according to CBS Local. “I just have to say that I’m at such a different place as a human being. I know artists say that all the time, but now I understand why. Nothing really surprises me anymore. I handle things more maturely. Just writing wise I can put my thoughts together better, I feel. So, sonically I think the album sounds so amazing. And there are so many surprises on the album. I had Drake come by the studio the other day and he was like ‘Oh my God, you’re talking about new stuff, I’m so proud of you.’ And that’s what I’m most excited about. I’m speaking about new things on this album. I’m excited. I’m not allowing anyone else to define what the album is going to be. I’m comfortable, it’s not going to be rushed, I’m taking my time. But overall the music just sounds really, really great. There’s no substitute for that.”

During her interview, Nicki also discussed the recent “Anaconda” leak. She revealed that the record was initially scheduled for release on August 12, but leaked when an app received the song and mistakenly sent it out to users.

“I wanted it out, and then the label came with this great radio plan to put it out next week,” she said. “So, what my fans don’t know is that we were actually going to put the record out August 11. We were going to have this amazing promotion and have all this stuff leading up to it, and lo and behold the record leaked. We had already sent the song out to people like iTunes and Google and all of that. There was a particular app that didn’t delete it out of their system and by mistake gave it to their customers. It just was inevitable, the leak started happening online and so we had to just release it today.”

In a previous interview with DJ Semtex of BBC 1Xtra, Nicki spoke on her upcoming album while comparing The Pink Print to Jay Z’s The Blueprint.

“This album that I’m working on is called The Pink Print,” she said in June. “Of course I named it The Pink Print and of course Jay has had his Blueprint albums. That’s what I feel like this album is gonna be. I really feel like this album will be a blueprint for female rappers to come. That alone should tell you how confident I am about the music.”

Nicki Minaj’s interview with Carson Daly can be found at CBSLocal.com

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