On the first track from Nicki Minaj‘s new album, she’s already imagining what might come after. Not just professionally, but personally, as well. “All Things Go,” a pensive and spacious confessional from December 15′s The Pinkprint, is in some ways the opposite of Pink Friday‘s “Moment 4 Life”: Rather than reflect on her career and relish the moment at the top, she thinks about the people closest to her and acknowledges that pop/rap stardom and her time with them are both fleeting.
Following recent interviews where she opened up about wanting to become a mother, Minaj raps that she’d like to take a daughter to preschool in seven years. She also hints at an unborn child who “would have been 16 any minute,” describes a decade-ago marriage proposal, and recalls losing “a cousin to a senseless act of violence.” Too, she praises her mother and shouts out her younger brothers, who have previously been name-checked in Minaj songs, and admits, “The more I work, the more I feel like, somehow they’re neglected.”
Gliding between methodically rapped storytelling and a synth-flickering, sung hook, it’s an intriguing shift after the posse cut “Only,” the Sir Mix-A-Lot-flipping “Anaconda” or the more pop-oriented “Bed of Lies” and “Pills and Potions.” Those last two songs touched on personal themes, but “All Things Go” goes much further; yesterday, Minaj called it, along with “Grand Piano,” one of the two most “emotional” songs on the album. Listen below.