"Barbie Tingz" and "Chun-Li" by Nicki Minaj 👀 Singles Review

Written by Thelonia

On this, the twelfth of April 2018, Nicki Minaj released two new singles, "Chun-Li" and "Barbie Tingz" and Jesus Christ people, can we listen to the music for just one second before we start hunting down who each individual line is shading?

A lot of people are immediately using the release of these two new tracks to contemplate on the supposed drama between Nicki and Cardi B and fight about which woman is better, because there's apparently we can only have one woman rapping in songs at one time, or the world will explode. This is in part due to a recent interview with Nicki in which she goes into the rumors at the heart of the supposed feud between the two, but also just because Cardi released her album last week so they're both pretty heavily in the public eye at the moment.

To be fair, the two singles both reference people trying to attack Nicki, although the lyrics are vague enough to literally be about anyone who's ever tried to stop her or keep her down in any way. In that way it seems way more of a general brag rap thing than a specific diss at anyone in particular. So please, everyone, CALM DOWN.

A quick check to Nicki's Wikipedia shows that she has been absolutely wildly busy since her last album, working on other artist's tracks, being in movies, so much so that it blew my mind when I realized it's been four years since her last album (although she released three songs in March 2017). Due to semi-constant features on other artist's songs, it might have felt like she never went away, but these two singles prove to be a strong return to form, and more than pave the way for a new album. Even if Nicki says she wrote "Chun-Li" a few days before release, in about 5 minutes, at four in the morning, it shows that she's well-rested and ready to go.

These singles are forerunners to Nicki's upcoming album, which doesn't have a title or a date as of yet, but if these new tracks are anything to go by, it should be a fun album. Although someone might want to tell Nicki that Chun-Li isn't actually a bad guy like she seems to think she is.

Chun-Li and Barbie Tingz are available everywhere music is sold.

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