Today’s Music Review will feature Nicki Minaj and Nix!
Nicki Minaj (whose real name is Onika Tanya Maraj) is from originally from Trinidad and gained public attention after releasing a few of her mixtapes online in 2009. This particular song is from her first album Pink Friday, which received a booming popularity when it was first released. Pink Friday was #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 in the year it was released and Nicki Minaj also became the first female solo artist that had 7 singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 at the same time.
The song itself peaked at #3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and also made it big in New Zealand, Australia, and Canada. According to Minaj, the lyrics are about a story of a playful romance between a guy and a girl. Something really cool about this song is that it apparently borrows some elements of J-Pop (Japanese Pop) in the upbeat hook of the instrumental. In addition, the key of the song is B major but there are no presence of a B major chord anywhere in the song. Though this song is considered “pop-rap”, it also borrows some electronic influences (a busy beat is used along with a digital rain drop sound effects).
While I personally don’t like Nicki Minaj’s rapping style at times (since it sounds like attitude talking to me), I do have to admit that she is able to rap fast pretty well, which shows that she certainly has a talent for rapping. In addition to that, she is able to sing as well and is also able to transition well between rapping and singing. As cliche as it sounds, Nicki Minaj shows that she is the packaged deal in this song, especially in seeing how she herself wrote and produced this song.
Rating: 8/10. I personally don’t like Nicki Minaj but this song is quite catchy and the change in rhythm and instrumental in the bridge is addictive and a clever musical decision.
Now let’s listen to the cover!
Nix (also known as uuuuuuuukewithme) gained hot attention on Youtube for this cover 5 years ago as the girl with a ukulele and an amazing voice in the Youtube community. She has been since then posting ukulele covers of popular songs. Her channel has gained over 27 million views and she has 200,000 subscribers. She is currently holding a Patreon account so to be able to fundraise enough money to upgrade her camera and mic, all in hope that she can make it bigger and better in the Youtube artist community.
This cover gained a huge following 5 years ago when it was first released. It has accumulated 9 million views and exploded in the Youtube community when it was first posted. The video itself is cute to watch and refreshing to listen to. The ukulele changes the song from being pop-rap to pop-acoustic but still keeps the pop side of the song quite well, since most acoustic covers completely change the genre of the song due to the instrumental. Her voice complements the ukulele perfectly since her vocal range extends pretty high.
Rating: 8/10. This cover displays her vocal range and ability very well, and the ukulele is a nice twist to the instrumental as it changes the tone of the song completely.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!