February 3, 2015


Hear Madonna's New 'Rebel Heart' Tracks with Nas and Chance the Rapper

A Mike Tyson cameo on a Madonna album is, unsurprisingly, just a spoken word bit about being the greatest. A Nas feature is a Nas feature—thinky, quietly commanding, openhearted and critical. But what's a cameo by mixtape rapper, internet wunderkind and festival hero Chance the Rapper sound like on one of the queen of pop's albums? Well, the two new Rebel Heart tracks have all the answers.

Listen to "Iconic," featuring Chance the Rapper and Mike Tyson:

Listen to "Veni Vidi Vici," featuring Nas:

You have to wait three minutes to get to Chance's "Iconic" appearance—two Madonna verses, two Madonna refrains—but once you arrive, you see the kid's been standing there with a can of gasoline and a zippo, all set to light the whole place up. Being a pre-label-release musician with a big shot to show off to Madonna's legions isn't an opportunity to be taken lightly, and Chance doesn't. It's kind of a problem, actually, because now we're more desperate than ever to get the follow-up to Acid Rap, Chance's life-changing mixtape from 2013. (And how 'bout that "Dark Horse"–y chorus "Iconic" is rocking, though?)

"Veni Vidi Vici," meanwhile, is a nostalgia trip, with Madge revisiting her earliest days as an artist and rethinking what it was like to be elevated to superstar status so quickly and confusingly. Madonna throws little specific nods to lots of her old work, and admits that she came out on top, belting "I came, I saw, I conquered" over an acoustic guitar. (Crazy transition in the middle of what's basically a rap track.)

Rebel Heart, Madonna' 13th album, hits stores on March 6. It's got a Nicki Minaj appearance on a track called "Bitch I'm Madonna," then a whole other song called "Unapologetic Bitch." And ones called "Joan of Arc," "Illuminati," "Devil Pray," and "S.E.X." Stay Madonna, Madonna.