As if all the wigs weren’t enough evidence of Nicki Minaj’s Lady Gaga influence, Nicki’s Grammy performance turned out to be the sort of theater-class absurdity that Gaga has firmly entrenched in the pop mainstream. And now “Starships,” Nicki’s newest single, features production from Gaga’s frequent collaborator RedOne. It’s straight-up unapologetic cheeseball trance-rap, and we should get good and used to hearing it now, since it seems built to own the radio for the next few months. Listen to it at rap-up.
Nicki’s sophomore album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded is out 4/3 on Young Money.