By Jocelyn Vena
"Super Bass" part two? Before taking the stage for her much-talked about performance at the Grammy Awards Nicki Minaj promised that she would premiere her new single "Starships" this week, and so she did. The upbeat dance track strays further from Minaj's hip-hop roots, leaving fans to wonder what her sophomore album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded will actually sound like.
Thanks to its bouncy beat, Minaj's sing-songy chorus and producer RedOne's eye for Euro house-influenced pop music, Minaj may have a new "Super Bass." It's a blast of pop goodness in which Nicki raps and sings about partying and doing what feels good for you. The song is also full of signature Minaj sass and bravado.
"Starships were meant to fly/ Hands up and touch the sky/ Can't stop 'cause we're so high/ Let's do this one more time," she declares on the feel-good chorus, before it repeats and evolves to a smashing, dance-floor-busting grind of beats, shouts and noises that are certain to get her Barbz on the floor.
Minaj shines like a pop star the likes of Britney Spears, Katy Perry and Jennifer Lopez on the genre-busting track. But the song is also signature RedOne thanks to his keen ear for world music. That influence is felt on the song's breakdowns, which recall smashes he's made for J.Lo and Enrique Iglesias.
"There was so much love surrounding the making of the song, because RedOne is just so sweet to work with," Minaj told Ryan Seacrest. "He just sent me that one day and he said, 'Hey, I got something for you!' I was like 'You got to be kidding me, right?' I went to the studio and started writing ... scratch that ... I didn't even write the first verse! That was just me mumbling and just saying the first thing that came to my head, and we recorded it, because I just felt like, let's go to the beach ... let's go get away. It was just so good. It feels good!"
"Starship" is the latest track to get a preview before Nicki drops Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded on April 1. On Sunday she gave fans an over-the-top taste of "Roman Holiday" when she performed it during the Grammy Awards.
During the interview with Seacrest, Minaj shared that Reloaded will focus on the many sides of Nicki — and it's clear "Starships" shows her pop side. "I've never had this much fun recording music in my life. My first album, I was very guarded," she said. "I felt like I was making music to please everyone else. I had to be politically correct, but this album I am just creating music, and there's such a big difference. Literally, in the studio we were cracking up laughing, having fun and enjoying ourselves. The music itself, you're going to get every side that I've ever shown and then a little bit extra. I've tried to make it very, very balanced, because I don't ever want to be boxed in, and that's always what drives me. So I made a very diverse album."
Fans took to Twitter to react:
sophiehaines88 Still listening to starships. Just saying. #handsupandtouchthesty
SkeletonMind I want to listen to it again. If you haven't heard Starships by Nicki Minaj, you have to right now.
RockabyeReview "Starships" is the sort of song I was expecting from Nicki back when "Massive Attack" flopped.
AmarC7 Just heard Nicki Minaj's new song "starships" on the radio, it will be overplayed again and again everywhere.
Pardee Welp, I guess a messy night at the Ritz is in order for this weekend... *plays Starships on repeat*
CherLFans Even though the beat isn't very original, StarShips is officially my new jam.
kelsieYuup Stupid Hoe > Starships
HunterSYoung Just listened to starships by @NICKIMINAJ got goosebumps the whole way through. Possibly better then superbass
HausOfZolanski So Starships is already on #49 on the US iTunes store!