Song You Need To Know: Nicki Minaj, Featuring Sean Garrett, ‘Massive Attack’

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… And then there was Barbie. Nicki Minaj has released the first single, “Massive Attack,” from her untitled debut album, and it’s sure to ring some alarms.

For an artist so new to the game, “Massive Attack” is incredibly assured. You get the feeling, listening to the song’s air-raid keyboards and thunderous beats, that the Young Money princess really wants to separate herself from the rap pack and carve out a space all her own.

Frankly, with her verbal dexterity, complex flow and humor, Nicki is reminiscent of classic Missy Elliot — and that’s a compliment of the highest order.

Look for the “Massive Attack” video later this week. We promise to let you know whenever we hear anything about Nicki’s debut album. It’s due out at some point this year.