Nicki Minaj is quite the little quirk, isn’t she? Some people get her. Some don’t. My father and I were watching her Grammy performance from two different rooms. From his side, the reaction was “What the hell!?” while mine was “Hell yeah!” Personally, I get it. Maybe its because we have the exact same birthday? Who knows? All I know is that I love her frantic rapping style, her half crazed wit, and her multiple personality disorder.
Which is why I’m having some issues with her latest single, “Starships.” The techno-hip-pop tack is practically devoid of anything that I would define as “Nicki Minaj.” Hit manufacturer producer Red One has graciously created this club banger for Miss Minaj, but in my opinion, it plays more like a Red One track than an actual Nicki track.
The song starts off well enough. It opens with a funky guitar riff as Nicki frantically raps about going to the beach and having a good time. Its all well and good, and invokes memories of her Supa Bass hit. And then we really get into the song, and we’re left with yet another disposable hit thats just destined for the top of the charts. As a song, this is the same techno-pop crap that we can’t seem to get enough of. Slap Katy Perry’s name on this…or Rihanna, Ke$ha…whoever. Its all the same.
|What do you mean this song sucks?|
The hook is infectious and begs you to sing along. But right after the hook, you’d think the song would flow into a catchy and infectious chorus. Instead, the beat drops into a bass heavy, techno breakdown that completely disrupts the flow of the song. I know that this is when the club is supposed to go crazy, but honestly, its irritatingly bad and completely ruins the song.
Lyrically, Starships is just stupid. Granted, a happy little club song doesn’t have to be genius, but even Supa Bass had a few really witty rhymes thrown in. The most interesting thing about this song is the Twinkle Twinkl Little Star quote…and that isn’t saying much. As for the delivery of the lyrics? Well, Nicki’s singing isn’t half as good as her David Guetta collaboration, and her rapping is just…there.
Overall, this song is devoid of Roman’s psychotic agression, or Onika’s sensitivity and honesty. That leaves us with Nicki and RedOne, and Nicki has clearly taken the backseat. Granted, shes accomplished exactly what she set out to do. This song is a future chart topper that is gauranteed to get tons of crowds all over the world to dance along and have fun. Does that make it a good song? Nope. Just a hit. And yes, there is a difference.
I’m still a fan, but dear Old Nicki….please call back.