CURRENT: Nicki Minaj – “Pills N Potions”

Let’s take a trip down memory lane for a second; back on the last day of 2013, superstar rapper Nicki Minaj released her remix of PTAF’s “Boss Ass Bitch,” completely annihilating the track. Then, a couple months laters, she hopped on Young Thug’s “Danny Glover” remix, showing the kids how to effectively commandeer a preexisting track. “Lookin’ Ass” and “Chi-Raq” followed, both further pushing Minaj towards her rap-based persona.

She has a new album on the way, and she just dropped the first single, the change-of-pace “Pills N Potions”. She’s one of two artists in hip-hop that can do a song like this and fill it with genuine emotion, the other being Drake. “I still love / I still love / I still love” she emphatically sings during the chorus, showing us a new side to her pop tendencies. Because before, with songs like “Super Bass” and “Starships”, while fantastically infectious, there weren’t many layers to those recordings. But with “Potions”, Minaj has effectively married her two musical genres, as much as hip-hop heads have claimed they must remain mutually exclusive. Nicki Minaj knows better.

The Pink Print is set to drop later this year.

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