Nicki Minaj is re-releasing her sophomore album as Pink Friday Roman Reloaded: The Re-Up this fall, and if her latest single is an indication of what’s left to come, it seems that the YMCMB rapper has finally found a bit of balance between her hip-hop roots and her pop persona.
“The Boys” premiered on Thursday (September 13) and while the radio-ready beat is certainly pop, Minaj also gets back to spitting bars, including a few lines that made us laugh out loud, like her reference to “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” villain Stevie J in the voice of his controversial main squeeze Joseline Hernandez (“Did you ever really love me, Stebie?”).
The song’s sugary hook is courtesy of Cassie. Prior to the song’s debut, Nicki would only hint that the guest feature was “real pretty,” but looks aside, the Bad Boy artist is a good fit for the refrain — “The boys always spending all their money on love.” The details of the 26-year-old’s relationship with Diddy aren’t exactly clear, but they both shared pictures from her recent birthday party where the mogul splurged on her with a party and plenty of luxe gifts.
According to Minaj, her upcoming re-release will include, “no less than five, no more than eight” new songs and it will be issued as a second disc to the existing album. She confirmed that a video for the single will be filmed, and it’s sure to be a colorful one.
Nicki is having a big week in the headlines, making it the perfect time to drop a new single. President Obama weighed in on her “Mercy” freestyle from Lil Wayne’s Dedication 4 mixtape a few days ago, finally prompting her to clarify that she will not vote for Mitt Romney. It also gave her a little something to remember. “Now I can tell my grandchildren that the 1st black President of the United States took the time to address a Nicki Minaj question,” she tweeted.
Pink Friday Roman Reloaded: The Re-Up is due in November.