After completely disappearing from Instagram to focus on her music, Nicki Minaj is finally back with two new singles which she premiered today on Beats1 Radio. The tracks titled “Chun-Li” and “Barbie Tingz” are classic cheeky Nicki style. A little vulgar, a little sassy, sarcastic but serious at the same time.
On “Chun-Li” Nicki is channeling her inner Street Fighter (Chun-Li is the first female fighting character of the game Street Fighter). “Ayo, look like I’m going for a swim, dunk on em, now I’m swinging off the rim, bitch ain’t coming off the bench, while I’m coming off the court fully drenched, here goes some haterade, get ya thirst quenched”, she raps over the serious beat which gives you the feeling that she just entered the boxing ring ready to take a first swing at her haters. She seems ready to attack and confident to win at the same time. “They need rappers like me, they need rappers like me, so they can get on their fucking keyboards and make me the bad guy, Chun-Li”, she responds to the hate she has gotten in the past especially after her beef with Remy Ma. Once again she is making clear that she is essential to the rap game and that she is definitely here to stay, and her haters are just there to confirm her significance.
On “Barbie Tingz” Nicki is also addressing her haters, especially other female rappers, but in a more playful way, making clear that she is the original “Rap bitches tell they team, Make ’em like Barbie, had to come off IG so they can’t stalk me, all they do is copy looks, steal music too, want to see what bitches do when they lose the blue-print, I mean the pinkprint, ho, let it sink in”. She’s also addressing her bond with Lil Wayne and Drake “Cause we the big 3, don’t need a big speech, we made the biggest impact, check the spreadsheet, that’s Lil Weezy, the Barbie and Drizzy Drake”. The reason why this is definitely my favourite of the two tracks is because the background claps on the chorus when she goes “Let’s be real, all you bitches wanna look like me”, is a perfect hommage to her historical “Itty Bitty Piggy” track. I’m talking big time Old Nicki nostalgia over here.
All in all, two solid Nicki tracks, controversial enough to make a nice entrance to initiate a grand comeback. Now we can’t wait for this album, which she states to be her best work up to date. Also later on today “Anybody”, a new Young Thug track featuring Nicki, will be released so stay tuned and Happy Nicki Day!