Nicki Minaj is coming off of a very visible week, after leaving guest verses on Jessie J’s “Bang Bang” and Beyoncé’s “Flawless” remix. And now she’s dropped her much-anticipated “Anaconda,” the new song from her forthcoming album The Pink Print. The song had been generating online fights before anyone even heard the thing, thanks to that cover art. And now that we can finally hear the thing (in a form other than the unbelievably shitty version that leaked last Friday), and if you’re the type of person who’s predisposed to like a Nicki Minaj single, this thing is an absolute blast. The track prominently samples Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back,” but in its propulsive minimal bassline and its string of lyrics about dudes Nicki used to fuck, it reminds me of a supercharged version of Too Short’s “Freaky Tales.” Da Internz and Polow Da Don produced the track. You can stream it below, and you can also watch a quick butt-heavy preview of the video.
“Anaconda” is out on iTunes now. The Pink Print doesn’t have a release date yet, but I can’t wait.