UPDATE: One week after premiering the track, Nicki is releasing the first of two planned lyric videos for "Pills N Potions." It's pretty literal (many pills are shown and potion-like smoke travels throughout the video) and not terribly exciting, so here's hoping the second one will take it up a notch. You can watch it above.
5/21 Story: Nicki Minaj has been known for incorporating characters into her tracks—"Roman Reloaded" anyone? But on her new single "Pills N Potions," her Minajesty returns with what might be sweetest character yet. Though, of course, it comes with a bit of bite.
Listen above to hear Nicki spit reflective lyrics over a subtle, piano-led beat, courtesy of pop-production maestro Dr. Luke (Nicki's Va Va Voom," Pitbull's "Timber," Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball"). The MC also sings over the bridge and choruses, handling the catchy "I still love, I still love, I still lu-uh-uhve" hook.
But this isn't a gushy, positivity ballad: Nick still brings loaded lines like, "I spin off in a Benzie / I see the envy when I'm causin' a frenzy" and rises above haters who "looking so ungrateful / I'mma keep it movin' / Be classy and graceful."
Ahead of the track's reveal, Nicki took to Twitter to answer fan questions about her new track.
The MC said that the overall message of her "emotional" new single is that "people change, but love is forever." (Perhaps that sentiment that inspired her boyfriend to get Nicki's face tattooed on his chest.) She added that the song is about "a couple people." Hmm...any guesses?
NIcki added she felt "felt magical" while recording the track and that the bridge came together through a freestyle—her favorite part of the song, by the way.
"Pills N Potions" is being billed as the lead single off Nicki's third album The Pink Print and marks the first totally solo track we've heard from her since 2012's "Freedom." In case you missed any, catch up with the Soulja Boy collabo "Yasss Bish!!," the Lil Herb-assisted "Chi-Raq" and her contribution to the Young Money compilation Rise of an Empire "Lookin Ass N***a."