This new studio work, “Nicki Minaj – Beam Me Up Scotty“is ready and available for free download in mp3 format below.
On “Seeing Green,” which opens the proceedings, she spars with her YMCMB family, proving that, as was the case then, she can not only effortlessly hang with some of the greatest, but bring the best out of them as well. “Fractions,” a la “Chi-Raq” just a couple songs later, is vintage Nicki Minaj. A showcase of hypnotic cadences and clever lyricism that never stops rewarding repeated listens.
But the real magic begins with the still-stunning “Itty Bitty Piggy.” Atop Soulja Boy’s “Donk” beat, she lets loose a barrage of inventive wordplay (“Flyer than a kite. I get higher than Rapunzel/Keep the Snow White, I could buy it by the bundle.” She spits at one point), breathless flows, and undeniable charisma that, even a decade-plus on, cements that Nicki was always a star.
Elsewhere, more playful songs like “Slumber Party” (with early cosigner Gucci Mane) and “I Get Crazy” (with Lil Wayne) and mellower ones like “Can Anybody Hear Me?”. and “Still I Rise” testify to the vision of versatility she’s always had: A riveting combination of pop theatrics and quick-witted rhymes all pulled together by a personality she’s never been afraid to hide.
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