CURRENT: Beyoncé – “***Flawless” (feat. Nicki Minaj)


The flawlessness that is Beyoncé’s late 2013 masterwork hasn’t resulted in the smash runaway singles we all expected (I see you, “Drunk In Love” and “Blow”). But that hasn’t stopped Yonce being on the tip of everyones’ tongues, and her internet-rattling remix of “***Flawless” featuring Nicki Minaj is the victory lap we’ve been waiting for. “Of course some time shit goes down when there’s a billion dollars on an elevator,” Beyoncé asserts, taking the terrifying video of sister Solange and husband Jay Z in an elevator altercation into her own hands, and when she follows that with the original’s “My sister told me I should speak my mind / My man make me feel so damn fine,” she’s able to make that incident feel like nothing more than a minor blip on her impressive career arc. And then there’s Nicki, whose verse is introduced by a sublime sample of OutKast’s raucous “SpottieOttieDopaliscious”, which even inspires Bey to join in for a few bars. Minaj delivers a verse fit for royalty, and perhaps her best this side of “Monster”.

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