Eric Bellinger Says Nicki Minaj’s ‘Anaconda’ Is ‘The Realest Turn Up Possible’


/ July 28, 2014

Nicki Minaj had mouths salivating with the cover art for her new single “Anaconda” when she let her yams free on Instagram last Thursday (July 24).

But before the Barbs et al could wrap their ears around the track, R&B crooner Eric Bellinger told MTV News what the fans can expect. “Turn up. That’s it; just turn up. The realest turn up possible,” he said.

Bellinger put on his producer hat in a collaborative effort with Polow da Don and Da Internz for Nicki’s forthcoming single off her sophomore album The Pink Print. “Most people don’t look to me as a producer; they look to me as a songwriter,” added Bellinger, also responsible for hits from Chris Brown, Trey Songz and Usher.

The grandson of Jackson 5 hit-maker Bobby Day, Bellinger went into the project with a “veteran ear,” willing to do whatever was necessary for Nicki’s next hit to be a success. “We were like, ‘Well, we’re not leaving until it gets right,’ I didn’t get home until the next day, until it was daylight. And I think everybody that was involved was super open to, ‘Whatever we have to do for the sake of the song; whatever’s the best look for the son, let’s do that.’ And everybody put egos aside,” said the 27-year-old.

As far as Nicki’s talents go? “She went crazy,” he said.

“Anaconda” was slated to be released July 28, but the Queens rapper took to Instagram to announce its delay. “My darlingz, I’ve pushed the release of Anaconda to next week, Monday 8/4,” she wrote. “I promise you will understand why before the week is out. Loveeeeeeee uuuuuu.”