UofMixtape: Nicki Minaj features you might have missed
Unless you have been under a rock for the first few months of 2017, you must know that Nicki Minaj has been consistently dominating headlines, Twitter and my Instagram Explore page. Whether it is coming out with Drake on his Boy Meets World tour (PS: @Drake you’re 30.), being dragged on a 7-minute diss track by fellow NY rapper Remy Ma or dropping a string of fire tracks and features. And it’s not even April yet.
“To be the queen of rap, you gotta actually rap” Remy spits, taking aim at Minaj’s pop leanings on “Shether,” but it’s that versatility and Minaj’s status as a pop culture icon that allow her to crossover without her pop endeavors or features coming off as cheesy. Her catalogue is lengthy, and a casual fan could easily miss out on some of her best work, namely some lower-profile pop features:
“She Came to Give It to You” — Usher
Usher is super underwhelming here — as he has been since “OMG” soundtracked the eighth grade — but the painfully irresistible beat will hold you over until her verse, trust me.
Best Line: “Five plus five what they call that? Ten / Out in Japan they be counting that, Yen / Ladies who you tryna get it popping with? Men”
“I Don’t Give a” — Madonna
Nicki and Madonna just go together, and that’s a fact that should be so well understood that I won’t argue it any further. From coming out at Super Bowl XLVI to premiere “Give Me All Your Luvin’ ” through 2015’s “Bitch I’m Madonna,” the pair has churned out steady work, even if underappreciated.
Best Line: “Ayo Madonna / Mi yuh say you original, Don Dada”
“WooHoo” — Christina Aguilera
I remember when Christina cancelled the supporting tour for the album from which this ode to eating out hails. The original drrrty girl spends about 3 mins repeating not too subtle lines about getting what she wants before Nicki comes in after the bridge, effectively saving the 5-plus minute track from a wasteland of mindless pop.
Best Line: “Way you french kiss, “Francais, parlez-vous?” / Way you work your tongue, can I hire you?”
“Till the World Ends (The Femme Fatale Remix)” — Britney Spears, Kesha
This song is hype for a few reasons. 1. Remember when Britney released bangers? 2. Kesha wrote the track for Britney and her delivery of the hook does more for it than Spears ever could. 3. You don’t even have to wait the standard ¾ song length for Nicki: she opens the track.
Best Line: “Sniff, sniff, cries, I done slayed your whole entire fucking life”
“***Flawless (Remix)” — Beyonce
Yeah this one is pretty well-known, but even if just one additional person is introduced to this track by including it here, I have done my job.
Best (non-Beyonce) Line: “All this ass on that flawless dick / Instagram, another flawless pic”