“Super Bass” is a song by Trinidadian-American recording artist Nicki Minaj from the deluxe version of her debut studio album, Pink Friday (2010). It was sent to US rhythmic radio stations as the album’s fifth single on April 5, 2011, while “Girls Fall like Dominoes” was released in the British Isles, Australia, and New Zealand. The song was co-written by Minaj, along with Ester Dean, Roahn Hylton and Kane Beatz, who also produced the song along with JMIKE. According to Minaj, the song’s lyrics detail the story of a playful romance between a male and a female. The pop-rap song contains electronic influences, while Minaj raps over a hip hop beat.
The song peaked at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 and in New Zealand, as well as number six in Australia and Canada. It also reached number eight on the UK Singles Chart. An accompanying music video for the single was shot in March 2011 by director Sanaa Hamri. The video shows Minaj playfully taunting a group of men and makes use of multiple props, all of which are colored bubblegum pink. As of 2014, “Super Bass” has sold 5 million copies in the United States.
“Starships” is a song by Trinidadian American recording artist Nicki Minaj, from her second studio album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012). It was released on February 14, 2012 by Young Money, Cash Money, and Universal Republic as the lead single from the album. The song was written by Minaj, Nadir Khayat, Carl Falk, Rami Yacoub, and Wayne Hector, and it was produced by RedOne, Yacoub, and Falk.
The song peaked inside the top five in over fifteen countries, and also achieved a Billboard milestone, debuting in the U.S. top 10 and spending a total of 21 consecutive weeks there. “Starships” has been certified six-times platinum in the U.S, becoming her second-highest certified single as a solo artist in the region. In the country, it has sold 4.5 million copies as of 2014. It is among the best-selling singles of all time worldwide, with 7.2 million copies sold, as of December 2012.
Minaj has performed the song live in a number of appearances, and it was the encore performance on the Pink Friday: Reloaded Tour. The corresponding music video was shot on Oahu Island, Hawaii. Directed by Anthony Mandler, the video features Minaj on a beach in a bikini, and near the end of the video, it shows her at a party, dancing to the song. The music video was well received by music critics, many praising the kaleidoscopic effects in the video and the carefree atmosphere. With all the success, the song has also sparked controversy surrounding a pulled live performance. The song was included in the 2012 video game Dance Central 3 and is included in the best-selling video game Just Dance 2014. It is also one of the select few songs available on Just Dance 2014’s demo version. In September 2013, electronic artist Clive Tanaka filed suit against Minaj and the writers of the song, claiming it infringed on his own composition and recording, “Neu Chicago”, but the lawsuit was later dismissed. The video for “Starships” also won Best Female Video at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.
“Roman’s Revenge” is a song by Trinidadian rapper Nicki Minaj, featuring American rapper Eminem, from Minaj’s debut studio album Pink Friday. It was written by Minaj, Eminem, Kaseem Dean and Trevor Smith, and was produced by Swizz Beatz. It was released exclusively on October 30, 2010 through the US iTunes Store, as a promotional release preceding the album’s release. The song initiated a feud between Lil’ Kim and Minaj, where many people felt the song was directed at Lil’ Kim and regarded around her feelings towards Minaj’s rise to fame. The song references Minaj’s alter-ego, Roman Zolanski, and Eminem’s alter-ego, Slim Shady.
The song garnered very positive reviews from critics, most of which praised the song as a stand-out track on the album. An official remix featuring Minaj’s mentor, Lil Wayne, was released to the US iTunes Store on January 19, 2011.
“Roman Reloaded” is a song by native Trinidadian hip hop artist Nicki Minaj. The song, featuring American rapper Lil Wayne, is from Minaj’s second studio album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. After being premiered on February 23, 2012 on Hot 97 radio, “Roman Reloaded” was released to digital outlets the next day as a promotional single. It was produced by Rico Beats.
Minaj premiered the song on February 23, 2012 on radio station Hot 97. It later released for digital download on February 24, 2012 as a promotional single from Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, following “Roman in Moscow” and “Stupid Hoe”. It was produced by Rico Beats.
Minaj takes jabs at her rival Lil’ Kim and at Miami Heat player Chris Bosh crying in the locker room after his team lost to the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Finals. Additionally, Minaj drops references to former NBA player Eric Williams who is featured on VH1’s Basketball Wives, the Columbine High School massacre, the Nicki Minaj Barbie doll created and auctioned by Mattel in December 2011, and to her role in the 2012 computer-animated film Ice Age: Continental Drift.
Roman Holiday is a song by Trinidadian-born American hip hop artist Nicki Minaj, the opening track from her second album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. It was written by Nicki Minaj, Larry Nacht, Winston Thomas and Safarree Samuels, and produced by Blackout (Thomas) and Pink Friday Productions. Two months prior to the album’s official release, Minaj performed what many viewed as a controversial rendition of the song at the 54th Grammy Awards ceremony on February 12, 2012, which received generally unfavorable reviews from critics. Reviewing the album, Jessica Hopper of Spin called the song itself “pure theater, the closest hip-hop’s gotten to its own Bohemian Rhapsody, full of thrilling crescendos and twitchy verses that verge on the ridiculous, but always shift toward the triumphant.
“Right Thru Me” is the second official single from Trinidadian rapper and singer Nicki Minaj’s Young Money debut album, Pink Friday. The song was released as a digital download on September 14, 2010 before being serviced to urban and rhythmic Radio on October 5 and then mainstream radio on November 2, 2010. The song charted on the US Billboard Hot 100, Australia, and the United Kingdom.
“Right Thru Me” is described as being a Electronic, hip hop, R&B, track, compared to her usual rap and features electronic beats and synths. Lyrically, Minaj wonders how a lover can see through her.
The music video was shot over the weekend of October 1, 2010 and was directed by Diane Martel and was later premiered on October 27. The concept is a boy-girl relationship drama and features Minaj and her love fighting and arguing, with him threatening to leave her while Minaj tries to apologize. The video was met with positive reviews from critics, with many calling it more natural and deep than her fun and costume-filled videos. Minaj has promoted the song in several live appearances on The Wendy Williams Show, Late Show with David Letterman, Live with Regis and Kelly, Saturday Night Live, and 106 & Park.
“Right By My Side” is a song by Trinidadian born recording artist, Nicki Minaj, taken from her second studio album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012). The song also features additional vocals from R&B artist Chris Brown. “Right by My Side” was written by Ester Dean, Minaj, while production was handled by Andrew “Pop” Wansel and Oak. On March 27, 2012, “Right by My Side” was released as the third official single from the album to Rhythmic and Urban radio in the U.S.
Musically, “Right by My Side” is an upbeat ballad infused with elements of pop. It was compared to several other songs, including Jordin Sparks “No Air”, in which Brown was featured on, Rihanna’s “You da One”, and even Minaj’s own track “Right Thru Me”. Critics noted the songs “bubbly” persona, as well as its high quality production. Minaj performed the song live for the first time on 106 & Park on April 3, 2012. Minaj also performed the single during her surprise appearance at the Nokia Lumia 900 launch in Times Square.
“Moment 4 Life” is a song by Trinidadian-American recording artist Nicki Minaj featuring Canadian rapper Drake. It serves as the third single from Minaj’s debut album Pink Friday (2010). The song was produced by T-Minus and written by both artists, and samples Sly, Slick and Wicked’s “Confessin’ A Feeling”, released in 1972. The song is inspired by a story Minaj created, in which two kids grow up together sharing the same dream of becoming famous rappers, and create this song while living out their dreams together. It peaked at number 13 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and topped the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts. It also saw success internationally, becoming a top 40 hit in Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom, as well as charting in Belgium and France. “Moment 4 Life” was nominated for a 2012 Grammy Award in the category Best Rap Performance, but lost to “Otis” by Jay-Z and Kanye West. As of July 2016 the sold has sold 2 million copies.
“High School” is a song by Trinidadian recording artist Nicki Minaj featuring American rapper Lil Wayne for Minaj’s reissued second studio album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up (2012). It was released on April 16, 2013, by Young Money, Cash Money, and Republic as the fourth single from the record. The song was written and produced by Boi-1da and T-Minus, with additional songwriting provided by Minaj and Lil Wayne. “High School” is a hip hop and R&B song that lyrically discusses adultery. The song peaked at number 64 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and additionally reached numbers 15 and 20 on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs component charts. Elsewhere, the track charted moderately throughout international singles charts, including number 31 on the UK Singles Chart.
An accompanying music video was directed by Benny Boom, in which Minaj is depicted in the midst of an affair with Lil Wayne. The clip additionally includes footage of the “Pink Pill”, a variation of the “Beats Pro” speaker created by Beats Electronics in collaboration with Minaj.
“Girls Fall Like Dominoes” is a song by Trinidadian-American rapper Nicki Minaj. It serves as the sixth single from the Japanese and New Zealand versions of Minaj’s debut album Pink Friday (2010). The chorus is sampled from “Dominos”, a 2009 single by British indie rock band The Big Pink. “Girls Fall Like Dominoes” was originally released as an iTunes Store bonus track on Minaj’s debut album, Pink Friday; however it was released later included on all editions of the album in the United Kingdom on March 11, 2011. The single was released on April 11, 2011 in Australia. It was released on April 15, 2011 as the fourth UK single after “Moment 4 Life”.
The song was written by Nicki Minaj herself, J.R. Rotem, Robbie Furze, Millo Cordell, Cleveland Browne, Greville Gordon and Wycliffe Johnson, and was produced by J. R. Rotem. The song also contains interpolations of “Trailar Load a Girls”. The song contains a strong feminist side to it, as Minaj implies that she can take fans away from other rappers, she also names divas. After the release of the track, it debuted at number thirty-two, in the United Kingdom. The song gained positive reviews from critics; with one describing the song as having a “youthful glean” and another saying that “fellas should be warned”. Minaj has stated that she would like to feature all the people she mentioned in the song, in the music video. It’s unknown if the video is being made, but on Nicki Minaj’s Twitter she said,”two questions: what divas did I mention in girls fall like dominoes, and who should be in the video?”.
“Did It On’em” is a song by Trinidadian-born recording artist Nicki Minaj. It was written by Minaj with J. Ellington, Safaree Samuels, and Shondrae “Bangladesh” Crawford, who produced the track. The song served as the fourth single from her debut album, Pink Friday, in the United States.
The song has a distinct sound when compared to the rest of the tracks on the album, in that it contains a harder, “massive, ungainly” beat, reflecting her prior work on mixtapes. It also features hi-hats in “overdrive” and multiple synth patterns sounding as if a car-alarm siren was going off. Lyrically, Minaj delivers explicit phrases talking about winning over her competition.
“Did It On’em” reached number forty-nine on the US Billboard Hot 100, and reached 2 on the US R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and #1 on US Rap Songs charts. A music video was released for the track, featuring Minaj behind-the-scenes and performing on the I Am Still Music Tour.
The Pinkprint is the third studio album by Trinidadian-born American recording artist Nicki Minaj. It was released on December 12, 2014, by Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records and Republic Records. Minaj co-executive-produced the album alongside Birdman, Lil Wayne and Ronald Williams, also with the assistance of a variety of producers. Looking to depart from the dance-pop elements of her second studio album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012), Minaj wanted to make a follow-up record influenced by her traditional hip hop beginnings.
Upon its release, The Pinkprint received generally favorable reviews from music critics, mostly for its overall production. The album debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 244,000 units (198,000 in pure album sales). In the United Kingdom, the album debuted at number 22 on the UK Albums Chart. It was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 58th Grammy Awards. As of December 2015, the album has sold 682,000 copies in the US.
The Pinkprint was supported by the singles “Pills n Potions”, “Anaconda”, “Only”, “Bed of Lies”, “Truffle Butter”, “The Night Is Still Young” and “Trini Dem Girls”. It was further promoted with her international The Pinkprint Tour, which began in March 2015 and ended in August 2015.
“Come on a Cone” is a song by American recording artist Nicki Minaj, taken from her sophomore studio album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012). It was written by Minaj, Garibay and Hit-Boy and was produced by Fernando Garibay & Hit-Boy. Musically, it is a hardcore hip hop song that uses electronic beats. Lyrically, the song is rumored to be another diss song to Lil’ Kim, following “Roman’s Revenge” and “Stupid Hoe”. “Come on a Cone” received mainly positive reviews from contemporary critics, while others criticized the chorus, calling it the main problem of the song.
“Your Love” is a song by Trinidadian-born recording artist Nicki Minaj, taken from her debut studio album Pink Friday (2010). It was released on June 1, 2010 by Young Money, Cash Money, and Universal Motown as the lead single of the album. The song was written by Minaj, Joseph Hughes, David Freedman, and Andrew “Pop” Wansel, and was produced by the latter. Minaj originally intended to release “Massive Attack” as the lead single from Pink Friday, though its release was scrapped after an underwhelming commercial performance.
Described as a “rap ballad”, the song is a change of tempo compared to Minaj’s previous work, and according to Mariel Concepcion of Billboard, the song contains a “new brand of hood majesty.” The song heavily samples Annie Lennox’s 1995 cover version of the song “No More I Love You’s” (1986) by The Lover Speaks, using its background vocals with additional bass, hip-hop backbeats and drum loops added.
The song peaked at numbers 14 and four on the US Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts, respectively. As of June 2016 the song has sold 1.5 million digital downloads.
“Whip It” is a song by Trinidadian-American recording artist Nicki Minaj, taken from her second studio album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012). It was written by Minaj, RedOne, Alex Papaconstantinou, Björn Djupström, Bilal Hajji, and Hector and produced by RedOne and Papaconstantinou. “Whip It” is a Eurodance song that utilizes musical genres such as Europop and Euro disco, while also being influenced by other genres such as Latin pop, electronic dance, techno and electro. Lyrically, the song is about an attraction to somebody at a club.
The song received generally mixed reviews from music critics, with some calling it one of the “better dance cuts” on the album while comparing it to artists such as Jennifer Lopez whilst others criticized it as “filler” and “generic”. Due to digital sales from the album, the song charted in Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom and United States the week after the album’s release. Minaj performed the song for the first time at Wango Tango.
“Va Va Voom” is a song by Trinidadian-American recording artist Nicki Minaj from the deluxe version of her second studio album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. It was released on September 12, 2012 by Young Money, Cash Money, and Universal Republic as the fifth single from the album. The song was written by Minaj, Lukasz Gottwald, Allan Grigg, Max Martin, and Henry Walter, and it was produced by Dr. Luke, Kool Kojak, and Cirkut. Being released as the fifth single, it was sent to UK radio stations on September 15, 2012 and later sent to Top 40 mainstream radio on October 23, 2012. It was planned to serve as the lead single, but its release was postponed at the last minute in favor of “Starships”; it was later released as a promotion for the album’s reissue Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up.
“Va Va Voom” is an electropop song with lyrics about sexual activity towards a male. Upon its release, the song received acclaim from critics, with it being catchy and radio-friendly. Commercially, the song entered the top twenty in countries including Ireland, Slovakia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. An accompanying music video was shot in December 2011, but was initially shelved after Minaj decided not to release “Va Va Voom” as the album’s lead single, because she was not happy with the video’s end result. Va Va Voom was then included on her setlist for her Pink Friday: Reloaded Tour.
“The Boys” is a song by Trinidadian-American rapper Nicki Minaj and American singer Cassie. It was released on September 13, 2012 by Cash Money, Young Money and Universal Republic as the lead single of the reissue of the former’s second studio album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up. The song was served only in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada. Musically, the song features strong basslines and synthesizers, along with guitar riffs and rapping.
The song was acclaimed by the critics, who complimented Minaj’s rapping style and structure and Cassie’s inclusion. The song has peaked at number twenty on the UK R&B chart and at number 113 on the official UK Singles chart. This is Minaj’s last song to be released by Universal Republic Records before the label went defunct and revived Republic Records making all artists from the roster move to Republic label including Minaj herself.
“Only” is a song by Trinidadian-American rapper Nicki Minaj, from her third studio album, The Pinkprint (2014). It was released on October 28, 2014 by Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records and Republic Records as the third single from the album. It features additional rap vocals from hip hop artists Drake and Lil Wayne, and also features Chris Brown who sings the chorus of the song. The artists co-wrote the song with its producers, Dr. Luke, Cirkut, and JMIKE, with production assistance from HBM and Rock City. “Only” is a hip-hop song that contains an “icy” production that sits “ominously” underneath dirty lyrical metaphors.
“Only” peaked at number 12 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, giving Minaj her fourth number one on the latter chart and making her the only female rap artist to do so. The song was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The song received a nomination for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 58th Grammy Awards.
The song was supported with the release of both a lyric video and an official video. The lyric video was released in November 2014, premiering close to the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, with visualizations inspired by the Nazi Regime and the work of Leni Riefenstahl. There was immediate backlash from fans, calling the video anti-semitic and insensitive, although Minaj stated she was not involved in the production of the lyric video and said she regrets not overseeing it before it was posted to YouTube. The song accompanying music video was released the following month and was directed by Hannah Lux Davis; it premiered on December 12, 2014.
“The Night Is Still Young” is a song by Trinidadian-American recording artist Nicki Minaj, released as the sixth single from her third studio album The Pinkprint (2014), by Cash Money and Republic. It was written by Minaj, Ester Dean, Dr. Luke, Donnie Lewis, Theron Thomas and Cirkut; and produced by Dr. Luke and Cirkut. It is an electropop song about partying and having fun.
Many critics viewed the song as single material and commended the production, but criticized the composition and lyrical content. The song debuted at 93 on the Billboard Hot 100, and peaked at 31.
“Marilyn Monroe” is a song by Trinidadian born recording artist Nicki Minaj. The song was written by Minaj, Daniel James, Leah Haywood, Ross Golan and J.R. Rotem, while production was handled by J.R. Rotem and Dreamlab. Musically, “Marilyn Monroe” is an introspective mid-tempo ballad that contains an upbeat piano, synth beats, and features influences of bubblegum pop. Lyrically, the song alludes to oneself questioning the status of their relationship. The song makes frequent references to pop icon Marilyn Monroe, with many of her quotes woven into the song.
“Marilyn Monroe” was generally well received by music critics, with some noting its crossover potential, while others felt like the song was too similar to other artists. The song has received comparisons to the 2011 singles “Disaster” by JoJo and “Stuttering” by Fefe Dobson, as well as Minaj’s own 2010 single “Your Love” from her debut album Pink Friday. The album’s high digital sales led “Marilyn Monroe” to chart on the UK Singles Chart and US Billboard charts.
“I Am Your Leader” is a song recorded by Trinidadian-American recording artist Nicki Minaj for her second studio album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012). The song features additional rap vocals from hip hop artists Rick Ross and Cam’ron. Production of the song was handled by Fernando Garibay & Chauncey “Hit-Boy” Hollis, with writing coming from Minaj, Garibay, Hollis, Ross, and Cam’ron. Musically, “I Am Your Leader” is a midtempo hardcore hip hop and electro hop song that contains sparse beats, minimal instrumentation, repetitive, high-pitched, off-pitch synth hooks, and a booming, static bass. Lyrically, Minaj “dishes boast-heavy verses about how she’s better than all these other bitches”, according to Adam Fleischer of XXL Magazine.
“I Am Your Leader” garnered praise from contemporary music critics, with the majority praising the songs production, Minaj’s vocal delivery, and the appearances of Cam’ron and Ross. To promote the song, an accompanying music video for the song was released on August 24, 2012. It features Minaj inside a brightly colored playhouse dressed in eccentric clothing, while sequences show Minaj, Ross and Cam’ron in different rooms such as the bathroom, the staircase, and the dining room. Fellow rapper Tyga also makes a brief cameo appearance. Despite not being released as a single, “I Am Your Leader” peaked at number 71 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Minaj briefly performed a part of the song on The Today Show’s summer concert series.
“Freedom” is a song by Trinidadian recording artist Nicki Minaj, for the reissue of her second studio album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, subtitled The Re-Up (2012). It was written by Minaj, Matthew Burnett, and Matthew Samuels. Production was helmed by Samuels under his stage name Boi-1da. The song was released for digital download by Cash Money Records in the US and Canada on November 2, 2012 and in other countries on November 6, 2012. It was serviced to US urban radio on November 27 and to mainstream radio in the United Kingdom the following day. “Freedom” is a downtempo hip hop and R&B song that features a “sonically breezy” soundscape, complied with ambient riffs, pop-inspired synths, and soft pop choruses.
To promote the song, an accompanying music video for the song was released on November 15, 2012. It was shot mainly in black and white, and features Minaj in a variety of scenes such as a deserted area with a boat, dressed as a Queen on a throne, and is interspersed with scenes of nature. The song peaked at number 17 on the UK R&B Chart, number 23 on the US Rap Songs, and number 31 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. “Freedom” was promoted with several live performances, most notably the American Music Awards of 2012.
“Fly” is a song by Trinidadian-American rapper-songwriter Nicki Minaj from her debut studio album, Pink Friday (2010). The song was released as the eighth and final single from the album on August 30, 2011. It features additional guest vocals by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna. The track was written by Kevin Hissink, Will Jordan, J.R. Rotem, Clemm Rishad and Minaj herself, while production was helped by Rotem and Hissink. The song is a R&B track which incorporates the hip hop genre. The song is inspired by the emotion of soaring above and overcoming all stereotypes and negativity, to come out victorious.
In the United States, “Fly” reached number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also peaked within the top twenty of the charts in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. In the latter country, the song became Nicki Minaj’s first number one on the UK R&B Chart. Furthermore, “Fly” marked top twenty positions on the US Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs and Pop Songs charts and reached the top ten of the US Rap Songs chart at number nine.
The song’s accompanying music video, directed by Sanaa Hamri, depicts Minaj and Rihanna experiencing the destruction in a post-apocalyptic environment.
“Feeling Myself” is a song by Trinidadian-American rapper Nicki Minaj featuring American singer Beyoncé from Minaj’s third studio album The Pinkprint (2014). It was written by Minaj, SZA, Beyoncé, and Hit-Boy and produced by the latter two. “Feeling Myself” is a hip hop song backed by a West Coast synth, driving bass and drums.
In May 2014, Minaj’s manager Gee Roberson contacted her to inform her that Beyoncé wanted a remix of “Flawless” on which she would be featured. Following this, Beyoncé sent Minaj a new version of the song she wanted and told Minaj, “I want you to be you. I don’t want you to hold back.” Minaj agreed to do the song with her and in return Beyoncé would be featured on The Pinkprint. Singer-songwriter SZA was en-listed to co-write parts of the song. She was called and later went to the studio to meet and work with the song’s producer, Hit-Boy. During the studio session SZA wrote the song’s lyrics whilst Beyonce and Hit-boy produced it.
“Check It Out” is a song performed by American rapper will.i.am and Trinidadian rapper Nicki Minaj. The song, written by will.i.am and Minaj, samples the 1979 hit single, “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles. After release, it debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100 at number 78 and number 48 on the Canadian Hot 100. It appears on Minaj’s debut album, Pink Friday, though it was not released in promotion of the album. The special remix released in the UK also features will.i.am’s close friend, English recording artist Cheryl Cole. The song peaked at 24 Billboard Hot 100, as of December 2013 the song has sold 780,000 digital downloads.
“Champion” is a song by Trinidadian American recording artist Nicki Minaj, taken from her second studio album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012). The song features additional vocals from hip hop artists Drake, Nas, and Young Jeezy. “Champion” was written by Minaj, Aubrey Graham, Jay Jenkins, and Nasir Jones, while the production and additional writing was handled by Pink Friday (2010) collaborators T-Minus and Nikhil Seetharam. Musically, “Champion” is a downtempo hardcore hip hop ballad that also incorporates elements of R&B, new-age, and space music. The lyrics speak of each artist’s rise to fame, as well as the trials and tribulations that it carries; it references the death of Minaj’s cousin, Nicholas Telemaque, who was murdered near his Brooklyn home on July 3, 2011.
“Champion” garnered praise from music critics, with the majority declaring it a stand-out track. The song is notable for the return of Minaj’s original low-key sound, as well as her tame “gimmick-free” delivery as opposed to her eccentric “Roman” songs. Critics generally praised the song for its serious tone and introspective nature. Minaj performed the song live for the first time on 106 & Park on April 3, 2012, along with “Beez in the Trap”, and “Roman Reloaded”.
“Anaconda” is a song by Trinidadian-born American rapper Nicki Minaj, from her third studio album, The Pinkprint (2014). It was released on August 4, 2014 by Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records, and Republic Records as the second single from the album. The song was produced by Polow da Don, Anonymous, and Da Internz. The song heavily samples “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-a-Lot.
The song peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100, consequently becoming Minaj’s highest charting single in the United States to date. It went on to spend eight consecutive weeks in the top ten of the Hot 100 chart. The song also peaked within the top ten in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
An accompanying video for the song was directed by Colin Tilley and released on August 19, 2014. Following the video’s release, it broke the 24-hour streaming record on Vevo by accumulating 19.6 million views in its first day of release, being surpassed by Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” in 2015. To further promote the song, Minaj performed it live at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards and also performed it at Fashion Rocks and the iHeartRadio Music Festival. “Anaconda” was nominated for Best Rap Song at the 2015 Grammy Awards. Anaconda is the favorite, and most listened to single on The Pinkprint by Jayde Mapaling – Twitter: @JAYDIEMINAJ Instagram: @jaydieminaj And most watched music video of Nicki Minaj by Jayde. Jayde is a dedicated, and proud Ken Barb of Nicki Minaj. The song was also nominated for two categories at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, Best Female Video and Best Hip-Hop Video, winning the latter.
“All Things Go” is a song by Trinidadian-born recording artist Nicki Minaj from her third studio album, The Pinkprint (2014). It was released on December 3, 2014 by Young Money, Cash Money, and Republic Records as the first promotional single and opening track off of the album. The song has since peaked at number 38 on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
For Time contributor Eliza Berman, “All Things Go” features lyrics that discuss a wide range of personal challenges Minaj has faced, ranging from strained relationships with her family to the murder of her cousin Nicholas Telemaque in 2011. The song opens with Minaj reflecting on fame and the speed in which her life has moved; “Life is a movie, there’ll never be a sequel.” The following verse Minaj speaks about her cousin’s death and how she could have helped him if she would have let him stay with her saying; “I’ll pop a pill and remember the look in his eyes the last day he saw me.” The final verse sees Minaj address motherhood ranging from her relationship with her mother and the relationship with her own child and references a miscarriage.
“2012 (It Ain’t the End)” is a song by British recording artist, Jay Sean, taken from the compilation album, Hit the Lights. It features Trinidadian rapper and labelmate Nicki Minaj, and is the album’s lead single. The song was produced by OFM production team J-Remy and Bobby Bass. It was released to US radio stations and as a digital download to iTunes on 3 August 2010. The title is a reference to the 2012 phenomenon.