Nicki Minaj’s long-awaited debut album Pink Friday drops on this fine Monday, and if the rapper’s last-minute promotion of her LP while presenting at last night’s American Music Awards helps her out any, she should have a massive hit on her hands. After readying this record for more than a year (if not her whole life), Nicki unsurprisingly has a bevy of leftover tunes and a variety of places to toss ‘em off. After the jump, listen to two Nicki tracks, “Wave Ya Hands” (Best Buy bonus track) and “Girls Fall Like Dominoes” (iTunes bonus track), that didn’t make her main track list. Should they have?
Produced by J.R. Rotem (aka Mr. Air Horn), the jubilant, poppy song features a sample of the track “Dominoes” from British band The Big Pink. (How fitting a band name!) Nicki raps about how she’s hot enough to get loads of female fans: “Steal Wayne girls, I steal Drake girls / You know the real bitches, let me f*** the fake girls / So if you pretty, I sign titties / I got the key to every mothaf***ing city.”
Minaj also celebrates women in power — she rattles off a list of other women in pop culture she wants to hang with, from M.I.A. to Beyonce to Mariah Carey, and even the Kardashian sisters. The one lady missing from this roll call who should really get a shout-out? Barbie.
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Though the Island-inspired beat in this jam is catchy, this feels mostly like filler. And the brief interlude of Minaj launching into some off-key howling and mumbling is worthy of the mute button.
If we had to pick between these two songs to throw onto Pink Friday, we’d definitely go with the musical fist-pump for ladies all across the land, “Girls Fall Like Dominoes.”
Which bonus track would you pick?