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Nicki Minaj, ‘Starships’ – Song Review

Nicki Minaj StarshipsNicki Minaj unveiled her new intergalactic song ‘Starships’ today on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show.

RedOne produced the song, but it might as well have come from David Guetta or Flo Rida, because its bloopy synths and electropop vibe could not be less original.

Minaj opens with a rap verse about drinking Bud Light at the beach, then sings the chorus, “Starships were meant to fly / Hands up and touch the sky / Can’t stop cause were so high / Let’s do this one more time / Starships were meant to fly / Hands up and touch the sky / Let’s do this one last time / Can’t stop — we’re higher than a motherf—er.

It’s way too easy to imagine the “woah-oh-oh-oh-oh” chant from Britney Spears’ ‘Till the World Ends’ playing in the background during Minaj’s chorus, because the synths on ‘Starships’ play out those exact notes.

Though it’s a hummable track, ‘Starships’ doesn’t live up to the promise of her controversial Grammy performance. It’s a safe tune that sounds like just about every other dance-pop song on the radio these days — which means it’s probably going to be a huge hit.

Let’s hope the rest of ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’ turns out to be a bit more edgy and innovative.

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