If you don't have Nicki Minaj's verbal gun shot sound effect, "Brra-da-da-da" stuck in your head at this time, it's likely you haven't heard rapper's latest single. "Megatron" is a reggae-tinged mix of Queen -a Minaj bars and "Starships" -era melodies and pop production. Sampling "Filthy Riddim" shows the track Minaj on her very best, bridging genres with vice doused rhyme and perfectly timed syllable stop.
After extended touring drama and a varied collection of less than glowing reviews for her latest record, Queen "Megatron" could not have come at a more perfect time. It does not only remind the world of who is sitting on the throne, but it gives us all a much needed summer residence. From start to finish, it is clear that "Megatron" was made for the club. Cue the fiery shots at the bar and ass shaking.
The video is just as satisfying with a follow-up, with an "Anaconda" color palette and the whole character "Super Bass". Minaj shines when she is most empowered, which means criticism is only fuel for her lyrical fire. While not making her famous call to her "sons", she has memorable pillars scattered between her radio-ready, "Shots, shots, shots I drink / it is better when I drink" in cut scenes of the video. "The ass that pats D / Hercules on them," she slips into a whirlpool and fills the song with the same sexual energy that pushed her forward on early mixtapes.
Although it is not yet clear whether "Megatron" is part of a larger project or new album, it is at least a taste of what should come. Thank God we didn't have to wait as long as we did between The Pinkprint and Queen for new music.