Nicki Minaj fronts a cadre of heavy hitters including Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown on “Only,” the latest track to surface from her upcoming third LP, The Pinkprint, which is now streaming courtesy of iHeartRadio.
Produced by pop heavyweight Dr. Luke, as well as Cirkut and J Mike, “Only” opens with Minaj dispelling rumors about the extent of her relationships with Wayne and Drake, and closes with a kiss-off to the haters by way of a left-field but on-point reference to the bizarre incident where Lance Stephenson blew in LeBron James’ ear during the NBA Playoffs.
While Brown handles the track’s glasses-in-the-air hook, Drake offers poetic lines about his preference for big women who look like Claire Huxtable and enjoy a post-coital lunch. Lil Wayne closes out the track with a verse that starts sleepy but grows into a torrent of wacked-out Weezy-isms like, “My story is how I went from poor me/To police pour me a drink and celebrate with me.”
The Pinkprint is now scheduled to hit shelves on December 15th, via Young Money/Cash Money, after being pushed back from November 24th. “Only” follows the LP’s first single, the piano rap ballad, “Pills n Potions,” and Minaj’s subsequent smash, “Anaconda,” a massive anthem to massive behinds, which came complete with a video that also featured a prominent cameo from Drake.
During a recent chat with Rolling Stone, Minaj called The Pinkprint (a reference to Jay Z‘s 2001 classic The Blueprint) her best and most lyrically dense album to date: “I don’t think any of these songs could have been on my last album,” she said. “I’ve grown as a writer. I’m braver in terms of speaking about things I didn’t feel comfortable sharing two years ago.”