Beyonce has joined forces with Nicki Minaj for a surprise remix of “Flawless” that has left the rap blogosphere and Twitter completely blown away. Listen below:
The standout line is Beyonce’s declaration, “Of course sometimes shit goes down when there’s a billion dollars on an elevator,” a once-and-for-all ending on that infamous elevator tussle between Jay Z and Solange. But the line “You wish I was your pound cake” is rife for unpacking, too.
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And then there’s Nicki Minaj, who marks her first Beyonce collaboration by reestablishing herself as hip-hop’s Queen Bee: “Winning is my motherfucking protocol/’Cuz I score before I ever throw the ball.” Minaj’s verse is otherworldly in its intensity, recalling the fire she spat at the end of Kanye West’s “Monster” four years ago.
There’s also a quick sample of Outkast’s “SpottieOttieDopaliscious” horn riff in the “Flawless” remix.” Outkast wrapped their headlining set at Lollapalooza right before Beyonce posted the remix on her web site.
The surprise “Flawless” remix follows the surprise release of Beyonce, which was unleashed as a “visual album” without warning last December. The album featured guest spots by Frank Ocean, Drake and Beyonce’s hubby, Jay Z.
Meanwhile, the “Flawless” remix verse pops up during a busy week for Minaj: the rapper appeared on new single “Bang Bang” with Jessie J and Ariana Grande last week, and her new single “Anaconda” is supposed to be officially released this week.