Nicki Minaj announced earlier this week that she would be re-releaseing Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded as The Re-Up this November, and that the first of “lots of new songs on there” would be out this week. Then, during a tweeted question-and-answer session about the re-up, she let slip that she would be joined by another woman for the first single, and teased that “she’s real pretty.” “The Boys,” the promised single, premiered today on iTunes, and Bad Boy’s Cassie is featured on the hook. So it looks like Nicki meant it, this time, when she said her collaborator would be “real pretty,” eh?
Returned from the arms of Diddy to the studio, Cassie sings here of a world where the boys are “always spending all their money on love,” lamenting also that “diamond watches and a gold chain can’t make my frown turn around.” And she would know. Meanwhile with Cassie sultry on the hook, Nicki is relieved of pop-star duties and free to go in as she pleases. Leaning into the lazer-riddled, marching band beat, she spits to the boys: “I told Nicki be chillin/ I’ma keep hurtin’ your feelings/ Because you could never be Jordan/ You couldn’t even be Pippen.” She’ll keep her real pretty friend, though: “You made dusty/ You a lil dusty possum/ I come through with the Six like my name was Blossom.”