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Apr022018

Nicki Minaj's 'Barbie Tingz' & 'Chun-Li' Are the Return to Form We've Been Waiting For

Nicki Minaj is finally back -- and she’s here with a vengeance. After taking a few months off from social media, the rapper unleashed two new songs Thursday: “Barbie Tingz” and “Chun-Li.” The tunes may set the tone for what’s to come on her highly anticipated fourth album, which is a raw sound that day-one fans have been craving for.

Aside from 2017’s “MotorSport” alongside Migos and Cardi B, as well as “Rake It Up” with Yo Gotti (which peaked at Nos. 6 and 8 on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively), Minaj’s recent collaborations failed to stick both on the charts and in people’s minds. There was Major Lazer’s island-tinged “Run Up” with PartyNextDoor that fizzled before the summer began, David Guetta’s “Light My Body Up” that didn’t have the same sparkle as her previous EDM experiments and her “Swish Swish” collaboration with Katy Perry that received mixed reviews from critics. Even the unveiling of three singles that were meant to capitalize on her Remy Ma feud -- "Regret in Your Tears," "Changed It" with Lil Wayne and "No Frauds" with Drake and Lil Wayne -- didn’t fully get off the ground in the way we were used to seeing Nicki Minaj songs do. With the exception of “No Frauds” (it peaked at No. 14), the singles were static on the charts and weren’t essential for non-obsessives.

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