We’re having trouble keeping track of all of Nicki Minaj‘s singles — in the last few weeks alone, she’s dropped videos for “The Boys,” “Va Va Voom” and “Come on a Cone”? — but now a new entrant has joined the fray: A track called “Freedom,” taken from the rapstress’ upcoming Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded — The Re-Up album. In her E! reality series My Truth, viewers saw Minaj laying down the vocal for the song in a Malibu studio — and now “Freedom” has been released in full. So does it live up to her precociously high standards?
“Freedom” takes Minaj in a more reflective direction, as she looks back on her meteoric career in typically self-aggrandizing form: “They never thank me for opening doors/But they ain’t even thank Jesus when he died on the cross.” As for her upcoming stint on American Idol, she keeps it simple, rapping, ”I’m your Idol, I’m your Idol, I’m your motherfuckin’ idol.” But even if the verses aren’t particularly inspiring, there’s definitely some magic in the chorus, which is a smooth, ambient riff that makes Minaj’s thin vocals sound appealingly fragile, with that “Crazy in here” hook that’s bound to get stuck in a few heads.
Listen to the full song below.