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Nicki Minaj – “Bust Down Barbiana” song review: The birth of meme rap?

★1/2: Nicki Minaj throws her bid in on West LA's own Blueface "Bust Down Thotiana"

Nicki Minaj – “Bust Down Barbiana”

Released: 6 February 2019

     At a time where women in Rap are flourishing like never before (this era), Nicki Minaj throws her bid in on West LA’s own Blueface “Bust Down Thotiana“.

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     The original Thotiana song is a certified twerking anthem, produced by Scum Beats.  “Thotiana” is an amalgam of off-kilter, slightly double-time flows layered with salient adlibs that, at times, seem more prominent to the song than the bars themselves. It’s certainly not a lyrical display, but more-so a fun party anthem and exercise of flow & style.

4 albums and 8 projects (including 1 re-issue) into her career, Nicki tries her hand over the Scum Beats banger. But her remix ultimately falls flat. There are few redeeming qualities: no acute wordplay, no interesting flows, imagery, storytelling, wit/cleverness or, really, any redeemable musical quality. Honestly, the song itself seems to just serve as a meme.

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     Nicki’s lyrics on “Bust Down Barbiana” are equally as cringeworthy as the title itself. Nicki pushes her “Barbie” brand, while attempting to rhyme words with “Thotiana” throughout her 25+ bar verse. She name-drops heavy-hitters such as Teyana Taylor, Ariana Grande and even Manny Pacquiao and the Yves Saint Laurent brand, in what would appear to be an attempt to receive support for a song foundation built on attention-seeking, much like internet memes.


★1/2: Weak; unrecommended for anyone but major fans of the style and/or artist.

     While ambitiously attempting to rhyme “Thotiana” throughout an extended verse, the execution falls flat. Nicki simply tacks on “-iana” to the end of every bar, resulting in an immature sequence of braggadocios content. The entire effort feels like a one-take rush job to beat her now arch-rival, Cardi B, to the punch (Cardi is allegedly featured on the official remix), and not the work of a seasoned veteran.

More lyrics:

You look like Nicki now, still you tacky-ana
To keep it 100, bitch you wacky-ana

The corn displayed throughout this verse has even inspired corporate entities like Wal-Mart to join in on the wreck.

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This song might be for the kids. With that said, we’ll keep our hopes high for the alleged official “Thotiana” remix out of Cash Money West, featuring: YG, French Montana, and Cardi B.


Rating Categories:
★★★★★: Best in show; pinnacle release from an all-time great artist.
★★★★1/2: Stellar example of genre; peak potential.
★★★★: Excellent; recommended to all fans of artist or genre.
★★★1/2: Very good; a few bland songs or minor flaws throughout.
★★★: Good; fans of the artist will find value here.
★★1/2: Average; does little to establish the artist or maintain quality.
★★: Unexceptional; a few highlights but otherwise bland.
★1/2: Weak; unrecommended for anyone but major fans of the style and/or artist.
★: Seriously flawed; very poor work but relatively listenable.
1/2: Terrible; a true embarrassment and akin to audio masochism.

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