Last week Nicki Minaj returned to the scene with a brand new single titled “Megatron”. The dance floor filler named after the villain from Marvel, finds Nicki Minaj playfully spitting about her rich and lavish life lifestyle while warning haters and critics of her return to music. “They call me Megatron, just did a telethon / He got Margielas on, and I get my jealous on / I f-ck him like I miss him, he just came out of prison / Bitches be talkin’ shit, but they ain’t got a pot to piss in,” she spits over the Andrew “Pop” Wansel & NOVA WAV production. “Megatron” samples the “Filthy Riddim”, famously used in the dance hall classics like “Murder She Wrote” and “Heads High”. In the video assisting the release, the QUEEN rapper teams up with Mike Ho to deliver some festive visuals to feed the hype. In one scene she serves looks while hitting a pool party. In another, she flexes with her future husband Kenneth Penny. “Megatron” serves as the end to a three-month period in which Nicki stayed out of the public eye and social media in order to focus on new music and self. “I think I have what I was striving for, just happiness. “It was so hard to get to a happy place. Now that I’m there I don’t want to compromise that for anyone of anything. Certain traveling things I don’t wanna do it. I’m just enjoying my downtime,” Nicki explained on the last episode of Apple Music’s QUEEN radio.
“Megatron” serves as the lead single to the femcee’s forthcoming fifth album kicking off a new chapter. Well there’s definitely a new album. With this one, I just don’t have a name yet,” she announced in an interview with Jimmy Fallon. Back in 2018, Nicki Minaj released her highly anticipated album QUEEN. The project which held high expectations fell short of the bar due to controversy, a failed tour and the rise of females in hip-hop. Although QUEEN delivered a combination of bars and all of the sounds that were popular at the moment, it failed to match the hype of her female counterparts,especially amongst the controversy. Indeed “Megatron” is hard enough to make some noise, I believe Nicki needs to refocus her work on the style and flows we initially loved while honing in on the sounds taking over hip-hop today. Of course, along with the release of “Megatron” came pregnancy rumors, the announcement of her forthcoming union with, and a feud with both BET and Miley Cyrus (both continuations of drama that has passed)! Of course, this is all entertaining and also drives sales but also projects a repeat of her last album cycle. I would love to see Nicki refocus her energy on what really matters so that she can continue to impact hip-hop the way she did in 2009. What do you think? Do you think “Megatron” is enough to stand alone? Also, what do you think Nicki Minaj needs to do to make a successful return? Sound off in the comments below!
Nicki Minaj – “Megatron”