She’s finally back, and the world of music couldn’t be more excited. Earlier this week, rapper Nicki Minaj announced a double single release of the songs ‘Barbie Tingz’ and ‘Chun-Li’ to be released today, April 12. The songs dropped, as expected, today, with a live premiere and interview on Beats 1 on Apple Music, along with an interview with the rapper. #NickiDay trended #1 worldwide on Twitter, and all the eyes were, and still are, on the rap queen herself. As Minaj’s first solo release since ‘Regret In Your Tears’, we see a new era upon us. Lets see if it’s worth a listen.
From the start, ‘Barbie Tingz’ seemed to be the main single from the two, and has even gained a new music video teaser. The song is a trap influenced track, and is clearly very on brand considering the popular tracks on the charts today. Minaj has an incredible flow on this one, as she goes back to her ‘Pink Friday’ roots. There however is a growth that can be seen here, and you can see Minaj has really improved from where she started. It’s a great track that I can see taking over the charts very easily. Although I’m not sold on that one synth in the production, Minaj is able to counteract that with her flow, and the rest of the production is well done in that regard.
(8.3 / 10)
‘Chun-Li’ is the second single, and my personal favorite of the two. Minaj really lets the listener have it, rapping about being made to look like the bad guy. I love the production on this one, it’s a very good vibe. I however don’t see this having as much hit potential as ‘Barbie Tingz’, but I could totally be wrong. [Editors Note: I am totally wrong, the song is #1 on iTunes! Congratulations!] Minaj one again has a great flow, and this is easily one of my favorite songs ever from the rapper ever.
(9.7 / 10)
Overall, this is a really solid set of singles from the rapper. If this is just a taste of her record, I can’t wait to see what the rap queen has up her sleeve. Each track is a great new innovation of Minaj’s sound, although it still feels in her roots. I am so happy to have Minaj back, and cannot wait to see what’s next for her musically.