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REVIEW: Nicki Minaj, Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown Show Confident Presence on "Only" Ahead of 'The Pink Print' Release Date [LISTEN]

 

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Nicki Minaj's new album The Pink Print may have a farther back release date that her fans expected, but now there's a sizzling new single to hold them over. Today (Oct. 28), following the news that The Pink Print will now be released on Dec. 15 instead of Nov. 24, Minaj teamed up with her labelmates Lil Wayne and Drake as well as R&B superstar Chris Brown for the bombastic track "Only."

"Only" continues to deliver on Minaj's promise that The Pink Print will be a return to her rap roots, with stripped down and drippy production from Dr. Luke, Cirkut, and J Mik. Unlike, say, "Anaconda," which relied on shock antics and a nostalgia-ridden sample from Sir Mix-A-Lot "Only" relies solely on the rapping prowess of Minaj, Drake and Weezy.

"I never f**ked Wayne, I never f**ked Drake / All my life, for f**ks sake / If I did, I'd menage with 'em, let them eat my a** like a cupcake," Minaj spits right out the gate. With a cool sense of confidence and rhymes that boast of her own sexual and rapping prowess, Minaj is taking the reins, leading into the equally vulgar and explosive rap verses from Drake and Wayne, who can't quite hold a candle to Minaj's bold statements.

The song, which is a deep, dark rap cut, may be left wanting for the rap world if it weren't for the smooth sung chorus courtesy of Brown. His quiet, controlled vocals take a bit of the intensity off the track.

Once again, "Only" proves that Minaj doesn't have to whip out her Barbie voices or Roman to command a presence, she can do it just by being herself.

Listen to Nicki Minaj's "Only" featuring Lil Wayne, Drake and Chris Brown below:

"Only" is the third single from Nicki Minaj's upcoming album The Pink Print, which now has a new Dec. 15 release date. The promotion of "Only" follows the release and promotion of the first two The Pink Print singles, "Pills N Potions" and "Anaconda."

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