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Listen: Nicki Minaj’s new single “Anaconda”

on August 03, 2014, 11:45pm

Last week, Nicki Minaj unveiled the cover art for “Anaconda”, the latest single to her forthcoming third studio album, The Pink Print. Depicting Minaj in a somewhat risque pose, the artwork (seen above) immediately sent the Internet into a tizzy of think-pieces and endless memes before anyone had ever heard note one.

Today, with the Web still reeling, the song has finally made its way online. Fans of ’90s rap are in luck, as the track samples Sir Mix-a-Lot’s seminal “Baby Got Back”, with producers Polow da Don & Da Internz re-appropriating the disjointed beat and “My anaconda don’t want none unless you got buns, hon” line. For her part, Minaj returns to straight rapping, somehow forging a deeply explicit flow despite comical references to daffodils, NyQuil, and romaine lettuce. After the doubly sappy “Pills N Potions”, it’s just nice to hear Minaj bring a little lyrical fire.

Download the song now via iTunes, or stream it below via Spotify. Also, watch a teaser for its corresponding music video.

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.”

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