Rise of an Empire paints a different picture, one that emphasizes exactly how lucky Young Money is to still have them. Apparently, Nicki feels as if a social media presence actually hinders her creativity, and opted to throw herself into her art without any distractions. Sort of like Kanye West 's recent mountainside adventure. Though initial search efforts proved fruitless, Nicki was eventually spotted posted up with the Professional himself, DJ Clue, perhaps discussing their favorite late nineties mixtape cut. The rest of the roster just doesn't produce in their absence. Rise of an Empire was met with generally mixed reviews from music critics.