The rapper mysteriously tweeted a single-character message that read: "4." She deleted it minutes later.
Rather than assuming it was a typo or a butt-tweet (a fair assumption based on her introduction to Snapchat), eager fans interpreted the message to mean that Minaj was teasing her next LP.
The arrival of a new album would mark the rapper's fourth studio record, and fans (a.k.a. internet conspiracy theorists) are also suggesting that the tweet signals a four-day countdown. If that's the case, new material or some sort of announcement could be on the way later this week.
Her last studio album arrived as The Pinkprint back in 2014, though she's since released cuts with Fergie, Migos and Cardi B, Katy Perry, Future, and Drake and Lil Wayne.
See some of the Twitter speculation surrounding album number four below.
From the desk of Nicki Minaj pic.twitter.com/92RVmUYcIG— Nicki Minaj News (@NickiMemories) April 8, 2018
NICKI MINAJ JUST TWEETED AND DELETED "4" WHICH IS THURSDAY AT MIDNIGHT WHICH IS FRIDAY THE 13TH. NICKI MINAJ IS RETURNING FRIDAY THE 13TH AND I AM NOT READY. #NICKIMINAJISCOMING pic.twitter.com/LHZqieuMJs— ً (@kalenminaj) April 8, 2018
NICKI MINAJ: 4— JONATHAN (@Jonathzn) April 8, 2018
THE KINGDOM: pic.twitter.com/mQRzWxx2UK
I WAS FINE UNTIL NICKI MINAJ TWEETED THE NUMBER 4 AND DELETED 4 SECONDS LATER— JONATHAN (@Jonathzn) April 8, 2018
WE SEE YOU NICKI!!!!! pic.twitter.com/95DOr12tpp
Nicki Minaj is RETURNING in FOUR days! pic.twitter.com/rzdnMKf5jO— artavion🧚🏿♂️ (@socialenemy_) April 8, 2018
NICKI MINAJ TWEETED 4,— ASH-CA$H.🦄 (@AshleyLove_x3) April 8, 2018
AT MIDNIGHT IN 4 DAYS IT WILL BE FRIDAY THE 13TH.
THIS MIGHT POSSIBLY BE THE DAY OF HER FOURTH ALBUM RELEASE. pic.twitter.com/1Ay8dPNXoW
YO. NICKI MINAJ TWEETED AND DELETED "4".— shawn ☝🏽 (@saytruuuth) April 8, 2018
THAT LANDS ON MIDNIGHT THURSDAY.
NICKI MINAJ MAKES HER RETURN ON FRIDAY THE 13TH. pic.twitter.com/nCf7N2pwF1
Nicki Minaj after tweeting 4 and deleting it in 4 minutes, of the 4 month for her 4 album, after her last album in 4 years. pic.twitter.com/DDvg6GcSuL— ø. (@badboyonika) April 8, 2018
"friday the 13th, guess who's playing jason" -nicki minaj in her my chick bad verse— ali (@romxnreloaded) April 8, 2018
nicki tweeted a tweet saying "4"
in 4 days it's friday the 13th
SHE'S REALLY COMING TO MURDER EVERYONE pic.twitter.com/WrSm0BE4Q9