Self-proclaimed queen of rap Nicki Minaj is not one to be outdone. As she readies herself for her first LP release in four years, she seems to be making up for lost time. After the releases of uninspired lead singles ‘Chun-Li’ and ‘Barbie Tingz’ (which has reportedly been scrapped from the final cut of Minaj’s upcoming studio album, Queen) and the arrival of the equally mediocre ‘Rich Sex’ with Lil Wayne, it seemed that the Queen of Rap had lost her touch. Her latest, ‘Bed’ makes up for it in spades.
Her third collaboration with pop superstar Ariana Grande (who is releasing her own collaboration with Minaj ‘The Light Is Coming’ next week), ‘Bed’ sees Minaj leave the trap production that has become tired and overused in the current rap/hip-hop renaissance and re-adopt the fabulous pop-esque production that made her stand out on her debut efforts.
‘Bed’ is a sexy and sultry summer banger that showcases both artists best strengths. Grande plays up her breathy vocals to add even more of a sultry effect that contrasts fabulously with Minaj’s overt and unrelenting sexuality that is somehow turned up to an eleven on the track. The cut is a major return to form for Minaj and slight sign of hope that her upcoming LP will truly warrant its hefty title.
Nicki Minaj’s Queen will be released on August 10th.