By Rob Markman
Nicki Minaj is slowing no signs of slowing down in the near future. After performing at the Super Bowl and raising a few eyebrows at the Grammys, the Young Money rapper released a brand new single from her sophomore album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded on Thursday. On “Roman Reloaded” Minaj gives a shot out to her spot in the top five on MTV’s “Hottest MCs in the Game VII” list.
First, there was the schizophrenic “Roman in Moscow.” Then, the tongue-in-cheek “Stupid Hoe.” Nick then chose the Grammy Awards to debut her, um, spirited “Roman Holiday” single, and on Valentine’s Day, she dropped the RedOne-produced pop affair “Starships.”
On Thursday, Minaj gave New York’s Hot 97 DJ Funk Master Flex the green light to premiere her latest single, “Roman Reloaded,” featuring Lil Wayne. “I guess I went commercial, just shot a commercial/ When I flew to the set, though, I ain’t fly commercial,” Nicki raps on the kinetic track.
Flex — who is known to brag and boast when he plays an exclusive record — dropped his signature bomb sound effect countless times before he got past Minaj’s opening bars. The veteran DJ taunted his competitors for several minutes with the exclusive before playing the record in its entirety.
“Roman Reloaded” seems to be a return to the hard-core rap style Nicki first entered the game with on mixtapes like Beam Me Up Scotty. Not only does the reigning rap queen throw shots at other rap chicks, she puts all her accomplishments on full display shouting out Mattel and their commemorative Nicki Minaj Barbie doll and toasting her inclusion on MTV News’ Hottest MCs in the Game VII list.
On Sunday, during a half-hour special on MTV2, the YMCMB queen was announced as the #4 Hottest MC, and she must have hit the vocal booth soon after to lay the vocals. “Hottest MCs top five/ You need money, I got mines,” she spit with an unwavering confidence.
It’s all wrapped up with a simple-but-menacing hook. “Bang-ba-bang-bang, my clique bangs,” she raps in between her cocky verses.
To cap it all off, YM boss Lil Wayne jumps on the drum-driven street hit with free-associative rhymes about popping pills and sexing groupies.
How the title track will fit on Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded remains to be seen, but as a standalone, it proves that when it comes to simply spewing rap bars, Nicki Minaj is still the queen bee.
What do you think of our list? Sound off on MTV News’ “Hottest MCs in the Game VII” using the hashtag #HottestMC!