Rapper Nicki Minaj is officially back on the scene after an almost four-year hiatus. After disappearing from the spotlight soon after the release of her 2014 album The Pinkprint, Minaj is hitting the ground running again with her upcoming August 8th album Queen. In her cover interview for Elle’s July issue,the “Chun-Li” rapper spoke about how Queen is her best album yet, and noted that finding herself had much to do with the quality of her current creative endeavors.

Minaj said she was able to find herself because she is on her own: “It’s the first time in my life I’ve ever been single,” she said.

The rapper explained that she’s had serious boyfriends from age 15 until just last fall when she ended her relationship with hip-hop artist Nas. Minaj told Elle that she became an entirely new woman when she learned to “sleep alone.”

We’re stoked to hear Nicki reborn when Queen drops on August 8th, 2018. We fully anticipate that the Queen of Rap will reclaim her throne.