Song of the Day #1,098: ‘Super Bass’ – Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj scares the hell out of me.

I think it’s her mouth, which seems about three sizes too large for her face. And of course there are all those freaky voices she uses when rapping. I’m sure she’d consider “frightening” a compliment.

I’d use a much different adjective to describe her body, which is the sort of post-modern bodacious Varga girl spectacle that makes men say “DAAAYUM!” and bite their fists with mounting frustration.

I don’t have a handy adjective for her music, because thus far I know her only through her work on other people’s records.

She delivered the most electrifying verse on Kanye West’s ‘Monster,’ for example, a track that also features Jay-Z. In a few quick verses she delivers a dizzying performance reminiscent of Eminem at his finest but with a distinctly feminine touch. She worked similar magic in a quick snippet of Rihanna’s ‘Raining Men.’

Based on those performances, she strikes me as exactly what hip-hop needs — a woman who can play on the same field as the men and beat them at their own game. That she looks like the kind of woman you usually see writhing in the background of a rap video is an ironic twist (that has no doubt played a large part in her success).

Today’s track, ‘Super Bass,’ is the first full Nicki Minaj solo track I’ve heard, and it’s a good one. From what I’ve read, it’s more radio-friendly and hook-heavy than the rest of her material and indeed, this hook is about as heavy as they come. This is a really neat blend of a Katy Perry-style chorus with Minaj’s trademark rap-robatics.

Amusingly, ‘Super Bass’ shot up the charts after Taylor Swift name-dropped it on a radio station, explaining that she plays it on repeat and can rap the whole thing. The (annoying) DJ even got her to rap a few lines on the air. Here’s a clip of that, as well as Selena Gomez rapping a verse of the song in her dressing room.

This one is for the boys with the boomin’ system,
Top down, AC with the coolin’ system…
When he come up in the club, he be blazin’ up;
Got stacks on deck like he savin’ up,
And he ill, he real, he might got a deal;
He pop bottles, and he got the right kind of bill…
He cold, he dope, he might sell coke;
He always in the air, but he never fly coach…
He a muthafuckin trip, trip, sailor of the ship, ship;
When he make it drip, drip kiss him on the lip, lip…
That’s the kind of dude I was lookin’ fo’.
And yes, you’ll get slapped if you’re lookin’, ho!
I said, “Excuse me, you’re a hell of a guy;
I mean my, my, my, my, you’re like pelican fly!
I mean, you’re so shy, and I’m loving your tie;
You’re like slicker than the guy with the thing on his eye, oh!”
Yes, I did, yes, I did;
Somebody please tell him who the F I is;
I am Nicki Minaj, I mack them dudes up,
Back coupes up, and chuck the deuce up…

Boy, you got my heartbeat runnin’ away;
Beating like a drum, and it’s coming your way…
Can’t you hear that boom, badoom-boom, boom, badoom-boom, bass?
(He got that super bass!)
Boom, badoom-boom, boom, badoom-boom, bass!
(Yeah, that’s that super bass!)
Boom, boom, boom, boom (Young Money), boom, boom, boom, boom…
Boom, boom, boom, bass, boom, boom, boom, boom…
Can’t you hear that boom-badoom-boom, boom-badoom-boom, bass?
(He got that super bass!)
Boom-boom, badoom-boom, boom, badoom-boom, bass!
(Yeah, that’s that super bass!)

This one is for the boys in the Polos;
Entrepeneur niggas, and the moguls…
He could ball with the crew, he could solo,
But I think I like him better when he dolo!
And I think I like him better with the fitted cap on;
He ain’t even gotta try to put the mack on!
He just gotta give me that look;
When he give me that look, then the panties comin’ off, off, uh…
Excuse me, you’re a hell of a guy;
You know, I really got a thing for American guys…
I mean… sigh. Sickenin’ eyes;
I can tell that you’re in touch with your feminine side, uh!
Yes, I did, yes, I did;
Somebody please tell him who the F I is;
I am Nicki Minaj, I mack them dudes up,
Back coupes up, and chuck the deuce up…

Boy, you got my heartbeat runnin’ away;
Beating like a drum and it’s coming your way…
Can’t you hear that boom, badoom-boom, boom, badoom-boom, bass?
(He got that super bass!)
Boom, badoom-boom, boom, badoom-boom, bass!
(Yeah, that’s that super bass!)
Boom, boom, boom, boom (Young Money), boom, boom, boom, boom…
Boom, boom, boom, bass, boom, boom, boom, boom…
Can’t you hear that boom-badoom-boom, boom-badoom-boom, bass?
(He got that super bass!)
Boom-boom, badoom-boom, boom, badoom-boom, bass!
(Yeah, that’s that super bass!)

See, I need you in my life for me to stay;
No, no, no, no, no, I know you’ll stay…
No, no, no, no, no, don’t go away…
Boy, you got my heartbeat runnin’ away;
Don’t you hear that heartbeat comin’ your way?
Oh, it be like, “Boom, badoom-boom, boom, badoom-boom, bass”…
Can’t you hear that boom, badoom-boom, boom, badoom-boom, bass?

Boy, you got my heartbeat runnin’ away;
Beating like a drum, and it’s coming your way…
Can’t you hear that boom, badoom-boom, boom, badoom-boom, bass?
(He got that super bass!)
Boom, badoom-boom, boom, badoom-boom, bass!
(Yeah, that’s that super bass!)
Boom, boom, boom, boom (Young Money), boom, boom, boom, boom…
Boom, boom, boom, bass, boom, boom, boom, boom…
Can’t you hear that boom-badoom-boom, boom-badoom-boom, bass?
(He got that super bass!)
Boom-boom, badoom-boom, boom, badoom-boom, bass!
(Yeah, that’s that super bass!)

4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,098: ‘Super Bass’ – Nicki Minaj

  1. Dana says:

    I haven’t heard this song or heard of this artist either, but I like what I’m hearing (and, ahem, seeing…) It’s nice to hear good rap, particularly by a woman. So much of the rap I’ve been hearing on the radio in pop songs just seems so lazy and ubiquitous. I’m not sure this rap is on the level of Eminem, but it is a grade above

    Oh, and that clip of Taylor and Selena is pretty adorable.

  2. Clay says:

    Here’s Minaj’s verse in Kanye’s ‘Monster’ — really good stuff.

  3. Amy says:

    I tried to find T Swizzle’s (aka Taylor Swift’s) “Thug Story” video yesterday morning, in order to share it on your SOTD. Not an easy task. I think the link I’m going to share is the correct video (and I hope in its entirety; my computer isn’t cooperating this morning, and I’m tired of waiting for it to load!) – Regardless, you’ll at least get a sample of Swift’s mad rapping skills 😉

    Of course, what you actually get a great sense of is her wonderful sense of humor. I found a longer clip of Swift on the radio station, where she was finally cajoled into sharing her love of today’s SOTD. What a down to earth and humble young woman, she is. She knew, immediately, the way that clip would be used by all of her many haters out there. Would have been nice if Minaj had said something positive on her behalf at some point (maybe she did?) – Regardless, I like this song, and I enjoyed learning more about the person behind the name.

  4. Dana says:

    Her rap in “Monster” doesn’t do much for me–certainly not on the level of Eminem (though few are)

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