Nicki Minaj – Barbie Tingz & Chun-Li, After keeping quiet for a few months, Nicki Minaj is back for the crown. Today (April 12), she frees her single “Barbie Tingz,” right after her interview with Beats 1’s Zane Lowe.
Nicki sounds like she hasn’t lost a step, even after her hiatus. “Uh, I’m in my prime, Optimus/
Sagittarius, so you know I’m an optimist,” she cleverly strings together on track. “Man, keep it all real, I’m a prophetess/So at least you took an L off your bucket list.”
She also takes a swipe at female rappers trying to emulate her: “Rap bitches tell they team, ‘Make ’em like Barbie’/Had to come off IG so they can’t stalk me.”
The new song, produced by J. Reid of Chevi Music, comes after an interesting few weeks for Nicki. The first spark was producer Mike WiLL Made-It revealing that he had a new Minaj collab on the way, after reposting her recent Mercedes-Benz commercial. Matching this with a sequence of deleted tweets last week, Nicki’s fans were fully primed for new tunes.
Nicki finally came clean this Tuesday, sharing that her songs “Barbie Tingz” and “Chun-Li” would both be available everywhere at 1 p.m. EST on April 12. She topped off the announcement by making her first fully public appearance in a long time, sitting courtside at a Los Angeles Lakers game on the same night.
Listen to Nicki Minaj’s “Barbie Tingz” and check out the video teaser below.
Nicki is making sure she gets credit for her influence
Nicki has expressed that her 2014 album The Pinkprint was as much a project as it was a guide for women in rap. Her goal was to make a similar statement as Jay-Z’s 2000 classic The Blueprint, while speaking specifically to female rappers. In her new songs, she’s confident that artists are in fact following her strategy, and she’s making sure that she gets the credit she deserves for for it.
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 blueprint
I mean the Pinkprint, hoe, let it sink in
She’s also looking for the very rappers looking up to her to be vocal about where the style comes from.
When it come to stealin’ flows, these birds is fluent
But they stutter when they get asked
’bout the queen’s influence
When it’s clear they bite me
I’m flattered they like me
I don’t wanna check bitches
Tell ’em wear their Nikes
Before you accuse her of punching down on up-and-coming women in rap, note that she namechecks Asian Doll, Kash Doll, Maliibu Miitch, Ms. Banks, and even Azealia Banks, who she’s had issues with in the past. All of those mentioned showed love back to Nicki.