When Nicki Minaj did her impression of Beyoncé on Saturday Night Live, what she lacked in her parody subject’s vocal chops she made up for with an imperious, suffer-no-fools hair flip. The year’s second meeting between the two artists on a track, following this summer’s “Flawless (Remix),” has plenty of that.
“Feeling Myself,” which has surfaced four days before Minaj releases new album The Pinkprint, has an airy, icy production, with a slinky synth and funk-like male vocal grunts, and it leaves room for the both artists to do what they do. For Queen B, that’s stay at a sphinx-like remove while commenting blankly on her media narrative: “Changed the game with that digital drop /Know where you was when that digital popped,” she sings, declaring twice that “I stopped the world” before causing the track itself to stop. And Nicki? She raps. Filthily and virtuosically. “Just on this song alone, bitch is on her fourth flow,” she crows.