Review: Mixtape Nicki Minaj Returns On PTAF’s ‘Boss Ass Bitch (Remix)’

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By: / January 2, 2014

The Queen is back

For much of 2013, Nicki Minaj gave her relentless critics ample ammo to fire off at Young Money’s top-billing queen from Queens. With the lazy, robotic pop of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012) still lingering like an annoying house guest that has yet to get a freaking clue, it was all too easy to announce her early demise. A string of sleepwalking guest spots and a doomed stint as an American Idol judge even had some detractors questioning the validity of Minaj’s landmark 2010 platinum debut Pink Friday as Barbie Inc. increasingly came off more Britney Spears than MC Lyte. Nicki the Emperoress wears no clothes, they proclaimed!

Maybe that’s why Nicki Minaj’s hardboiled freestyle remix on PTAF’s “Boss Ass Bitch” sounds like a much welcomed, y’all-must-of-forgot sucker punch. There are lines that go for the proverbial jugular (“I came back, bitches’ flow still boring/I said, ‘Damn, man, go back to whoring…’”) and lines that display some blush-inducing scenarios that should give any man caution when it comes to doing the woman wrong beyond some write-a-song-about-your-ass Taylor Swift get-back (“Fuck his best friends then make ‘em yes men/And get a dick pic, and then you press send/And send a red heart, and send a kissy face/And tell him that his friends love how your pussy taste…”) You want “Starships”/celebrity fragrance Nicki? This ain’t it.

What you are getting here is a serving of one pissed-off chick that has grown quite tired of being kicked while she’s down. “When I lay low, bitches be safe and sound,” she barks. “When I come back they better not make a sound.” Who knows? We may even get a more nuanced, balanced Nicki Minaj when she drops what is bound to be the most scrutinized, dissected full-length release from a female emcee. That’s when the real fun begins.—Keith Murphy (@murphdogg29)