At long last, Nicki Minaj has returned with her new single “Super Freaky Girl.” The Rick James-sampled track will likely serve as the lead single to the Young Money rapper’s follow-up to 2018’s Queen, which the Barbz have been waiting on with bated breath. Is the banger enough to push Nicki back to the top of the charts and give her her first solo No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100?
Nicki dropped Dr. Luke, Malibu Babie, Vaughn Oliver and Aaron Joseph-produced track on Aug. 12, after a snippet of the single had been viral for weeks. One the first day, she dropped the song on DSPs for .69 (we see what you did there), released an audio video on YouTube, as well as a lyric video.
On Thursday (Aug. 18), Nicki Minaj doubled up with the “Super Freaky Girl (Roman Remix),” releasing it on streaming services as well as putting out accompanying audio and lyric videos. She also released an acapella version of the original, which apparently Nicki hasn’t even heard.
“I refused to listen to it,” she commented about the beat-less version on Twitter. “I don’t think I’ve ever dropped an a cappella… I knew if I listened I probably wouldn’t approve it.”
Fans are still waiting on the official video, which Nicki also teased on Thursday on Instagram. The visual will feature Alexander Ludwig, who played Cato in The Hunger Games. There’s also “Super Freaky Girl” merch.
The major push appears to be working. The song has reportedly already moved over 100,000 units as of Tuesday (Aug. 16). Both the original and the remix have held the No. 1 spot on Apple Music.
Nicki Minaj‘s previous No. 1 singles were as a feature artist on Doja Cat’s “Say So” and 6ix9ine’s “Trollz” in 2020. Her highest charting song as a solo artist is “Anaconda,” which reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2014.