The rapper tapped fashion photography duo Mert and Marcus, who did Taylor Swift’s Reputation cover, to shoot the image. On the Queen cover art, Nicki sprawled on a tree branch, wearing a jewel-encrusted gold headpiece that reads like a cross between Black Panther helmets and Beyoncé’s halo at the 2017 Grammy Awards.
Not much else is known about the project, but Mike Will Made It and Mustard have both hinted that they’ve been in the studio with Minaj. “Chun-Li” and “Barbie Tingz” producer J. Reid told XXL that Nicki specifically requested boom-bap beats for the project, and also that she’s been heavily involved in the production process.
Barbie, for her part, has hyped the album as a classic. “This era will be a billion times more epic than anything Anaconda could have delivered,” she told Dazed in September. “I think this era will definitely be the most memorable and the most impactful of my career yet.”
Queen drops on Aug. 10, after being postponed from its original release date in June. Check out the full cover art below.