After going through a scandal related to the misogynistic lyrics of “Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke is back. This time, Thicke is teaming up with rapper Nicki Minaj to deliver “Back Together,” a catchy dance-infused tune that you’ll have to hear to believe. Thicke sounds almost like a whiny Bruno Mars as he wails out the chorus, which is about being emotionally ruined by a former lover. Meanwhile, Nicki drops some lyrical bombs starting about two minutes into the song.
Minaj and Thicke’s song is available for download on iTunes, or streaming via Spotify now, but be warned it will definitely get stuck in your head. Minaj recently released her single “Feeling Myself” featuring Beyonce on streaming service Tidal Music, and Minaj’s newest album The PinkPrint hit store shelves this past December. Additionally, Nicki also teamed up with David Guetta and Bebe Rexha for the electronica/dance hit, “Hey Mama.”
On the other hand, it’s been a while since we’ve heard new music from Thicke. His song “Give It 2 U” received mild airplay and radio attention before fizzling out of the public eye. For those who thought Thicke would be a two-hit wonder, this new Nicki Minaj collaboration proves otherwise.
As Entertainment Weekly discovered, Minaj and Thicke also worked together on Thicke’s song “Shakin It 4 Daddy.” Nicki and Robin’s other collaboration appeared on Thicke’s 2009 album Sex Therapy: The Experience.Billboard.com mentioned that “Back Together” is produced by Max Martin, whose portfolio includes big-name pop artists like the Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, and N*Sync.
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Nicki has unfortunately been the target of controversy recently despite her musical successes. Minaj and the others who helped found Tidal Music have been getting negative feedback due to the service’s business model, which keeps certain songs and content exclusive to Tidal. Additionally, as Inquisitr reported, Nicki recently had falling outs with both Taylor Swift and rapper/Minaj’s ex-boyfriend, Meek Mill. Luckily, the Nicki/Taylor feud has since been resolved, but the battle with Meek Mill is ongoing.
Us Weekly Magazine discovered that Thicke’s previous album, Paula, did dismally on the charts, only hitting a high of number nine on the Billboard charts. Minaj only has one rap verse in “Back Together,” but Nicki makes it work well. Minaj’s razor-sharp lyrics complement Thicke’s ever-present chorus with witty lyrics and catchy dance beats. Thicke and Minaj’s single is distributed by Interscope Records.
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