After laying low for most of 2013, Nicki Minaj is gearing up for the release of her third studio album, The Pink Print. Recently, she made her presence felt with a series of teaser tracks and remixes, including “Lookin Ass Nigga”, her remix of Young Thug’s “Danny Glover”, “Chiraq”, and “Yass Bish!!”. Today, however, she returns with the proper first single from The Pink Print in “Pills N Potion”.
Here, Minaj lends ample time to both her aspirations as a songbird (a feat made easier thanks to Dr. Luke’s dreamy, mainstream-leaning production) and her rugged lyricism. With the hook, she manages one of her most appealing performances, crooning “Pills n potions / We’re overdosing / Can’t stand it but I still love you”. It’s with her verses, though, where she drops the angelic act, cutting off rhymes about two-faced detractors, turning the other cheek, and the almighty power of self esteem.
“It feels very uplifting and it feels very soulful,” Minaj told Rap-Up TV of the track. “It’s a great, I feel, indicator of what The Pink Print will feel like in terms of the storyline of that song.”
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The Pink Print is due out later this year. Of the follow-up to 2012’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, Minaj said, “The Pink Print will remind people why they fell in love with Nicki Minaj. And I think that needs to be done.”