Nicki Minaj hasn't been in a hurry to follow up 2014’s The Pinkprint. Speaking to Zane Lowe on Beats 1, the Queens-bred rapper revealed she only began putting together a new album last December while taking a break from social media.
Now, in the midst of her longest-ever stretch between albums, she returned with two new songs on April 12 -- “Barbie Tingz” and “Chun-Li” -- the latter of which references the revenge-seeking cop of the same name from the Street Fighter video games. Minaj enlisted Atlanta producer J. Reid to helm the tracks, and chose the beats from a folder of 15 he created specifically for her. Here, he shares how “Chun-Li” came together.