Yesterday, Nicki Minaj tweeted that "All Things Go" is one of the two most emotional tracks on The Pinkprint, her upcoming third album. Now the song's here, and although we haven't heard the record yet, it's astonishing to hear Nicki spit so much personal material.
While Nicki's album-openers have so far been bombastic/introspective ("I'm the Best" off 2010's Pink Friday) and cuckoo/theatrical ("Roman Holiday" off 2012's Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded), "All Things Go" is low-key, mournful and confessional. The beat comes from all-star producer Boi-1da and frequent collaborator Vinylz, and it surprisingly samples Sufjan Stevens' "Chicago" (which repeats the phrase "all things go" throughout).
The perils and trials of fame are big in "All Things Go," but family matters are the real centerpiece. Nicki talks about an abortion she had at 16, about her hopes to have a daughter in the next few years, about wanting her younger brother to go to college, and how she "lost my little cousin to a senseless act of violence."
Pinkprint preorders on iTunes will include a free download of "All Things Go." The 19-song tracklist was revealed on Monday; so far we've heard "Only," "Pills N Potions," "Bed of Lies," and, of course, the mighty "Anaconda." Nicki's staying busy outside The Pinkprint-land, too — she and Trey Songz just put out an interactive video for "Touchin, Lovin" this week.