With less than 2 weeks to go until our fave potty-mouthed Harajuku Barbie Nicki Minaj unveils her feverishly anticipated sophomore extravaganza ‘Pink Friday : Roman Reloaded‘, Nicki’s pulling out the big guns to make sure her upcoming album’s already off to a fiery start. With her recent deal with Pepsi making headlines around the world, along with the announcement of a tour of the UK, unending audio and video teasers and leaks, a history making new single ‘Starships‘ (the highest charting single by a female solo rapper on the UK Top 40, and possibly a contender for the # 1 spot next week), and her relentless collaborations with everybody from Madonna to Drake to Big Sean to Willow Smith to David Guetta, there’s no doubt that Nicki’s new album is poised to début at # 1 on the charts with mind-boggling numbers, much like her Billboard # 1 début smash ‘Pink Friday‘ in 2010.
With ‘Starships‘ already a top 10 smash across the world, and possibly a # 1 hit soon, Nicki’s second single ‘Right By My Side‘ featuring Chris Brown has officially leaked. Nicki the singer takes over from Nicki the rapper, and that’s something that I totally dig. I’ve been a fan of the Pop-Rap/R’n’B-Rap Nicki more than her hard-core Hip-Hop/Rap avatar, and this song sees Nicki flex her commendable set of pipes over a smooth mid-tempo R’n’B groove. Although Chris Brown’s presence just about spoils the mood, cuz in all seriousness I cannot deal with a woman-bashing piece of crap singing away as if nothing’s amiss in this world. He does sound good if you keep that thought out of your mind though. Listen to the song right here :