Given all of Nicki Minaj’s now-infamous characters, perhaps it’s only fitting that for a new type of song for the Young Money princess, she broke out a new persona: a special hybrid just for French hitmaker David Guetta’s latest single, “Where Them Girls At.”
“It’s a cross between Nicki and Roman,” Minaj told MTV News this week. “I’m doing kind of a London accent. It seems like a rebel, or a rebellious little kid. That’s the type of vibe that I feel on this particular record. It’s party. It’s fun. Who cares? I’m gonna say the craziest, most insane thing, and it’s just about having fun.”
Minaj confirmed what David Guetta first revealed to MTV News at Miami Music Week earlier this year: Together with Flo Rida, the pair created something special for Guetta’s upcoming album. And while the song might not have been released under ideal conditions, the fans don’t seem to care: In just over a week, the song maintains an impressive chart position on the iTunes singles download charts — sitting at #12 on Wednesday (May 11).
And while Guetta has lauded Minaj for her skills as an MC and openly said that he chased the opportunity to work with her for almost a year, it’s endearing to hear that Minaj, in the end, was equally delighted for the chance to work with dance music’s biggest crossover star.
“He really is a master — a master at his craft,” Minaj said. “He’s got it down pat. For me to link up with him, I’m just honored that he was reaching out. When I met him, I liked him instantly. He’s sweet, he’s humble, he’s funny, and he’s just a person you want to be around.
“He’s not someone walking around with a chip on his shoulder because he’s been responsible for so many #1 records,” Minaj continued. “He, for whatever reason, thought that I could bring something to his album, and to this record, and I’m so excited because it opens me up to a different fanbase.”
And while the very notion of Nicki Minaj jumping on a David Guetta house beat might seem strange, it might tickle electronic dance music heads to know that Minaj is a fan of house music.
“I’m a humongous fan of that music,” Minaj revealed. “It’s that kind of music that you get lost in. Your problems go away for those 3 minutes and 30 seconds. You’re in a new world, and I live in fantasy.
I love to go away into another world, and that’s what that kind of music does, and so, yes, I’m a huge fan.”
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