Your Love - Nicki Minaj (Single)

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Your Love - Nicki Minaj (Single)

Single Track from Nicki Minaj - Genre: Hip Hop/Rap - Release Year: 2010

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published 01/09/2010 | XICripZ
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"Dooby Dooby Do Do Do....Ahhh!"

Sampling is the foundation to Hip Hop music. The use of a pre-existing track to then develop another one was what the genre was built off. In the beginning, people began speaking over the breaks which DJs spun on their turntables and it just spiralled out of control from there. As a result, it’s no surprise that Rap’s first hit, The Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight, was built off of one of 1979’s biggest Disco smashes – Chic’s “Good Times”. Although Hip Hop producers may have stopped using this as often as they used to (due in part to the cost of doing such a thing) it’s nice to see when familiar tracks are used to act as the foundations as another - that’s just what Nicki Minaj has done for “Your Love”.

Released in summer 2010, the song acts as her second official single on the way towards her début album “Pink Friday”. “Your Love” surprisingly takes on Annie Lennox’s “No More I Love You’s”. Using something so popular draws in the masses and gives the fresh new artist her first opportunity at a mainstream break. Although Nicki Minaj is known for her features on hits by Usher, Ludacris and even Christina Aguilera; it doesn’t feel as though she’s been able to really make it in quite the way she’d like to yet. Previously, Hip Hop acts have taken from Jazz, Soul and even Classical music for samples and so taking on Pop is nothing new, but this sounds extremely refreshing.

As part of the Young Money camp (who also includes the likes of Lil Wayne, Tyga and Drake) she’s expected to be a success in the music world in just the way that those have. This track seems like her shot at doing just that. Where the “Massive Attack” single was much more for her Rap fans, this takes it to a much more casual music listener. Here Nicki shows that she’s just as effective as a singer and she is as an MC. Inspired by Lauryn Hill, being versatile at music is something that she’d always want to strive towards and this tune gives an impression of the spectrum she’s capable of. A bit of R&B, Pop, Hip Hop thrown into the mix is rarely a recipe for disaster (go ask the Black Eyed Peas!).

The track is a mid-tempo one which is guided through gentle use of finger snaps and unorthodox instrumentals. Andrew Wansel’s production meshes together in a warming manner and give a solid backdrop to what the artist delivers. She puts up a great performance complete with Raps and sung vocals which use lyrics full of popular culture references to give extra added commercial appeal. She fills the gap in the market for softer Hip Hop (in the mainstream game where the mild stuff was often dismissed). She shows that you don’t away have to go down the hyper-sexual side when it comes to female Rap and so comes across as no 2010 version Trina, Lil’ Kim or Foxy Brown here (even though past features on tunes have).

Nicki’s often criticised for her delivery being so unorthodox (see her verse to Trey Songz’ “Bottom’s Up”) and so she really calms things down here. As this was first recorded back in 2008, this may be down to the fact that she’s just got more adventurous as she’s gained fame, but it’s what’s needed for a soothing love song such as this one. It’s good to see that this “Beam Me Up Scotty” outtake was used so well. Initially, it was due to be included onto that breakthrough mixtape, but it seems much better used here on the final straight towards the throne at the top of Hip Hop’s currently-vacant queen spot.

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  • Brooke3 published 02/09/2010
    I thought that if anyone could write an exceptional review of a single it might be you...and I was right!
  • kingofreviewing published 02/09/2010
    She's with Drake now. So I guess her popularity will increase ...nice review!
  • catsholiday published 01/09/2010
    Nicely put.
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Single Track from Nicki Minaj - Genre: Hip Hop/Rap - Release Year: 2010

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Artist(s): Nicki Minaj

Title: Your Love

Release Date: 07/06/2010

Genre: Hip Hop/Rap

Rights: 2010 Cash Money Records Inc.

Release Year: 2010


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