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Hear Nicki Minaj Join K-Pop Group BTS on Alternate Version of ‘Idol’

Rapper’s version of single only available on digital edition of ‘Love Yourself: Answer’

K-pop phenomenon BTS released their new album, Love Yourself: Answer, today and had a pretty big surprise for their listeners: a feature from Nicki Minaj.

The Queen rapper appears on an alternate version of the album’s lead single “Idol.” The Minaj version is only available on digital editions of the album and was announced just hours before it was released by BTS’ label.

The dance track is a booming party-starter featuring the elements of hip-hop that the boy band is known to entangle in their pop sound. Minaj’s verse includes shout-outs to Korea, Gucci and John Mayer with Minaj’s typical penchant for comical wordplay taking centerstage.

Love Yourself: Answer is a compilation album from BTS –  K-pop’s biggest act and the genre’s first artist to reach Number One the Billboard 200 –  that wraps up and connects the series of Love Yourself albums and EPs released by the septet. It features a mix of previously-released and new songs to create a concept album about post-breakup emotional development.

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