Will.I.Am & Nicki Minaj, "Check It Out"

Track Review

The next single from Nicki Minaj's "Pink Friday" is as much a showcase for the female MC's stylistic flair and fast improvement as it is for Will.i.am's dominance. The Black Eyed Peas frontman muscles through a sample of the Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" and leaves his stamp everywhere. Less is more for Minaj, whose wordplay increasingly meets the challenge set by her fast-tracked stardom. "And I don't sympathize/'Cause you a simple bitch/I just pop up on these hoes on some simple shit/And put an iron to your face, you old, wrinkled bitch." Will.i.am's barbs-"You a chihuahua, I'm a Rottweiler"-can't possibly sting by comparison. One hopes Minaj's personality will be enough to carry the rest of her solo debut, but for now, these two have another radio killer on their hands.