"The Boys" serves as the first single from Minaj's upcoming effort Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up, a revamp of her sophomore album, which will include a separate disc with new tracks.
"We still have singles to roll out on that album ... for instance, 'Va Va Voom' was [just] added into rotation in the U.K., so I can't treat it like my stepchild just yet," Nicki told MTV News about the re-release. "But there's new kids on the way, so I kind of wanted to be fair to the old songs and be fair to the new songs."
She continued: "It's a different feel, so I knew I had to put it on a separate disc, the new songs, but it wasn't an entire new thought and new body of work," she added. "Because I like to give a lot of music, and so that's why I didn't want to do a whole new project. Because then I would feel like it would be judged as a brand-new thing, and then I would need to add way more songs."