Nicki Minaj Hints at Family Matters on “All Things Go”

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 12.03.14 in News

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.