After hosting the most-listened to program in Apple Music history last month, Nicki Minaj returned on Friday (July 27) with the latest episode of Queen Radio live from Apple's Los Angeles studios. Minaj got on the mic to kick off episode 14 just prior to 4 p.m. ET and congratulated Chance the Rapper on the release of his The Big Day debut, which she notched a pair of features on.
The Chicago native then called into the show to talk everything surrounding his new album. Minaj was enamored at how Chance landed a genre-blending collab with pop star Shawn Mendes. "I've known him for about four or five years," he explained. "I met him at a show I played a long time ago, and we just never got some music together. He was in Chicago a few weeks ago and I had this house beat I was working on, and he came through the studio and was like, 'I love this one.' He laid the vocals and it was incredible."
One track that nearly didn't make the album was the Smino-assisted "Eternal," which would actually become his favorite song on the album. "I had started working on the beat and had this little thing I kept saying in my head, 'Side n----s can't dance like this. Side chicks can't dance like this,'" said Chance. "When Smino asked me if I had any tracks I was working on, I sent him that because I really wanted to make it happen. After he sent me his verse, it really inspired me to put a new verse and add a hook. That was my favorite song on the album."