Why Nicki Minaj’s Underrated Hard-hitting ‘Shanghai’ Should Be On Your Playlist

With three Grammy nominations, an upcoming role in the pending hood classic Barbershop 3 and a decent level of respect in the hip-hop game, Nicki Minaj has had a great year. As 2015 comes to an end publications will be sharing their “best of the year” lists and I have no doubt the current queen’s third effort The Pinkprint will make a few appearances. The notable success of her singles “Anaconda”, “Only”, “Truffle Butter” and “Feeling Myself” alone deserve all the praise and gifs that come along with them.

Here are a few of those gifs, to relieve your Monday stress:


But there is one song that seemed to miss a lot of general listeners ears. For the people that missed the Nicki that always had some hot bars to supply, The Pinkprint didn’t lack in options (“Want Some More”, “Four Door Aventador”, “Big Daddy”) but I never hear anyone talk about “Shanghai”.

Produced by Chinza//Fly (also responsible for A$AP Ferg’s “Work”), “Shanghai” is a hard record that has Minaj spitting countless bars giving fans that signature flow we love so much. From the knock of that bass to the warranted boasts throughout, I hated myself for not appreciating the track sooner.

A few memorable lines:

“All of these bitches in pocket / I’m ‘bout to make a deposit / Tell ‘em to go ‘head and gossip as long as your house is the size of my closet.”

“Eight mil on that new thing / tied up like my shoe string / Ain’t fucking with you bitch niggas /and that’s real rap but I do sing.”

If 2015 didn’t make you a believer of Nicki Minaj’s drive and talent then I don’t know what else will (Sidenote: I’m still not over that Tidal performance)… I don’t see the Jamaica Queens native slowing down anytime soon so I hope you’re not tired of seeing her face yet. If you haven’t given “Shanghai” a listen, I highly recommend it. I can’t wait to see how the Grammys play out for Ms. Minaj.

What do you think of “Shanghai”? Let me know in the comments!

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