Nicki Minaj Breaks Her Silence With New Song “Barbie Tingz” Were She Get Dolled Up In The Video


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.

“Barbie Tingz” features some of Nicki’s coldest trash talk in a minute. “Mad 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).” This will be received, at a minimum, as shade for Cardi B, who, as Nicki coyly noted in her interview with Beats 1’s Zane Lowe, currently employs Minaj’s hairdresser. The air of static between the two rappers is unfortunate, because it’s not entirely either artist’s fault. Cardi’s year of radio visits included an unusual amount of asks about how she relates to Nicki, because rap radio guys’ default questions for women revolve around which men they’re sleeping with and which other women they’re beefing with.

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.
Nicki Minaj’s months-long media blackout ended in a flash yesterday as the rapper gave an illuminating interview to Beats 1 Radio and released the new songs “Chun Li” and “Barbie Tingz.” On the surface, the new music offers a stimulus package for fans hungering for more after the string of guest features the chief Barb has given us since last year’s release of “No Frauds,” “Changed It,” and “Regret in Your Tears.” The new songs also show the Queens rapper gravitating toward a distinctly hometown sound.
The unveiling of “Barbie Tingz” and “Chun-Li” are now here to shut naysayers up. Both songs find Minaj sinking deep into her mixtape roots, and she sounds as confident as ever. Her creativity always flourished when she dug into gritty, explicit, “live from the gutter” rap -- which was most prominent on her early records. But as she continued to spew out collaborations like a factory last year, that energy was getting lost. Luckily, she seems to regain her spirit with this new music. Minaj may not be exploring different sounds or lyrical topics, but the songs sit comfortably next to some of her beloved trash-talking tunes (“Itty Bitty Piggy,” “Did It On ‘Em,” “Roman Reloaded,” “Want Some More,” etc.) in her discography.


First up is “Barbie Tingz,” which is a juicy braggadocious anthem laid atop a throwback production by Chevy Music that is pure New York City. It’s reminiscent of the popular “Litefeet” dance era that dominated Harlem in the early 2000s, thanks to the clap-heavy 808s and synths that snap like rubber bands. The bars are filled with Minaj’s signature themes: boasting about her vagina, calling out jealous women and aiming shots at her rap enemies. “It's time to make hits and it's time to diss/ How you still dissin', still can't find some hits?/ Was it worth it, dummy? I ain't mind a bit,” Minaj ponders. The track almost reads as a sonic sequel to 2009’s Beam Me Up Scotty highlight “I Get Crazy,” with Lil Wayne, which sparked a dozen Harlem shakes.

As for “Chun-Li,” Minaj sounds cocky in the best way. Co-produced by Minaj and J. Reid, she resurrects her Nicki the Ninja alter-ego by assassinating the horn-driven beat with her lyrical wordplay, switching accents with ease. Minaj even addresses the hate she received throughout 2017, putting on her best Tony Montana impersonation as she spits: “Oh, I get it, they paintin' me out to be the bad guy/ Well, when's the last time you see a bad guy do the rap game like me?”
For a long time, Minaj was perceived as the bad guy.

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