Over stomping percussion, Minaj opens the track with the first of two understated verses, before Keys’ trademark soaring vocals and a simple, delicate piano melody kick in. Keys once again proves she’s the master at melding pop piano balladry with hip-hop, even getting Minaj to dial down the theatrics for the heartfelt song. “Girl On Fire” is the title track off Alicia Keys’ forthcoming album (scheduled for a November 27 release) and you can hear the song over at That Grape Juice.
Alicia Keys was set to unveil her new single “Girl On Fire” at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday (Sep. 6), and she even gave us a teeny, tiny snippet of the song in her VMA promo. But it appears the full track has leaked online ahead of the performance and — how’s this for a Labor Day surprise — Nicki Minaj has two verses on the track!