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Nicki Minaj Drops Surprise New Track 'The Pinkprint Freestyle' on SoundCloud



On Sunday, Young Money Entertainment artist Nicki Minaj shared new song "The Pinkprint Freestyle" on her SoundCloud. The track shouts out Young Money founder Lil Wayne and references Harambe the gorilla while interpolating portions of M.I.A.'s 2007 hit, "Paper Planes." Listen below!

Minaj announced the song on Sunday via her Twitter account, teasing the new track's release with suggestive tweets like "Hmmmm... *thinks* --- should I?" before dropping a link to the cut. "The Pinkprint Freestyle" starts with Nicki's verses rapped over a backing from Young M.A's "OOOUUU."

Nicki Minaj's most recent album was The Pinkprint, released in 2014. Last month, Nicki was featured on Ariana Grande's "Side to Side," the latest single from the donut-licking, America-loving singer's third studio album, Dangerous Woman, issued this past May.

As evidenced in "The Pinkprint Freestyle" and her previous work, Minaj's sharp tongue knows no boundaries. Last year, she told Billboard of her East Coast education in rhythmic lyric spitting:

"The way I focus on metaphors and punchlines -- that's a very New York, Philly, East Coast thing. When I started, we were very battle-driven, so every line mattered. ... [W]e were ruthless and very smart with wordplay. To make anything with a double meaning, you've got to be smart.

Minaj (real name Onika Tanya Maraj) has found great success with both fans and critics since her 2010 debut album, Pink Friday. Widely praised for her unique concert performances, Nicki spoke to Red Bull Sound Select about the communal, transformative aspect of her live shows:

"I think what makes a good performer is you really connect with the people, no matter what. I usually have dancers in back of me, and I feel great when I can come out with no dancers and still have people jumping around and excited and dancing and happy."

Below, check out "The Pinkprint Freestyle" (via SoundCloud) and let us know what you think of this latest Nicki Minaj track in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

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