Nicki Minaj’s third album, The Pinkprint, came out earlier this week, and we listened to the whole thing so you don’t have to. The deluxe version is 22 fucking songs, and it’s a pretty mixed bag. There are like half a dozen amazing songs, a bunch that are pretty decent, and a few that are just rough. The good news is there’s way less pop bullshit than on her last two albums, and her rapping is just generally on point. The volume def needs to be turned up, because if you can’t hear the beats there’s really no point. If you really like Nicki, listen to the whole thing. If you just need some new twerking music this holiday season, keep reading, because these are the six best songs from The Pinkprint:
Feeling Myself (feat. Beyoncé)
This leaked last week, but it’s still just as glorious. I listened to this one like three times in a row and was legit dancing in my chair. I’m praying that Bey and Nicki pull a Watch the Throne and make a whole album together, but until then I’m just going to put this on repeat. Also, I am very intimidated by Nicki Minaj.
Only (feat. Chris Brown, Drake, and Lil Wayne)
IDGAF about Chris Brown, but the rest of this song is pretty great. Nicki fucking kills her verse, and everyone loves #97 Lil Wayne. Also Drake the Jew (happy fucking Chanukah) makes an appearance. This song can stay.
I know a lot of people are probably tired of this one, but it’s still so fun. You know it’s coming, and it’s still as magnificent as when you first heard it. It might not be your favorite song on the album, but don’t try to tell me it’s never been stuck in your head.
Bed of Lies (feat. Skylar Grey)
If you haven’t heard the new single yet, it’s basically a better version of Pills N Potions. Nicki gets emotional without being boring, and the chorus is pretty catchy.
This is where Nicki really kills the club. The beat is vicious. I feel like I’m being hunted by Nicki, and tbh I kind of want to get caught. The only issue is that you have to listen for an hour to get to this point on the album.
Truffle Butter (feat. Drake & Lil Wayne)
Fucking A+. I have no clue why this is a bonus track, but I was basically wall twerking by the fourth time I listened to it. If you only listen to one song from the album, make it this one. The beat is so fucking catchy, and Drake and Wayne are back for a second great time.