After over a year without solo releases, and a seemingly quiet social media presence, Nicki Minaj has finally returned with two new singles for her fans.
“Barbie Tingz” and “Chun-Li” arrive more than a year after the femcee dropped tracks like “Regret in Your Tears,” “No Frauds,” and “Changed It.” The two tracks will appear on her unnamed upcoming album and she appears to be thoroughly fulfilled by the work she’s done thus far.
“This is the best album of my life that I’ve ever created,” Nicki said in an interview with Zane Lowe, also crediting her social media hiatus with allowing for more focus on creating music. “I think that things that I won’t get into right now, I think those things took my focus away from music for a very long time. So I think I’ve been working on this album since December… Some songs were written a year and a half ago.”
In “Barbie Tingz,” Nicki decided to take a lyrical strike at artists who spend time dissing her because of their own inability to chart hits. Due to her reference of a “show” that the supposed artist is on, she could be aiming her shots at Remy Ma.
“It’s time to make hits and it’s time to diss
How you still dissin’, still can’t find some hits? (Okay)
Was it worth it, dummy? I ain’t mind a bit
Still on that show gettin’ no chips, time to dip”
“Chun-Li,” based on the character from the Street Fighter video game series, is a boastful track that seeks to showcase Nicki’s strength in the game. She has previously referenced the vengeful agent in a collaboration with Willow Smith called “Fireball.”
“Ok I’m the street fighter, call me Chun-Li”
Listen to “Barbie Tingz” and “Chun-Li” below on Spotify