Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Nicki Minaj ft. Beyoncé – Feeling Myself

The Jukebox Best Tidal Exclusives Of 2015 list gets a new leader…


Crystal Leww: “Truffle Butter” became the bigger hit when both went to urban radio simultaneously, but “Feeling Myself” is better and “Feeling Myself” is important. It’s the natural follow-up to the “Flawless” remix, where Beyoncé and Nicki are puffing out their chests and proving that they are the queens of their respective realms. “Flawless” is a statement; it’s aim is domination, a foregone conclusion if we’re being totally honest, and while it was, yes, an awesome song, it didn’t really provide us with anything new. “Feeling Myself” sounds like what friendship between two women actually is like: sexy and confident but casual and goofy. The strong independent woman has slowly come into focus over the last few decades, but what is so undervalued and underexplored is how women support each other in a realistic way with winks and nods and giggles and Now & Later candy. “Feeling Myself” sounds like laughing about gynecologist visits with your best friends while the Dallas Mavs play on the TV in the background. “Feeling Myself” sounds like fighting over which member of Blur is the hottest / least reprehensible. “Feeling Myself” sounds like that little head nod and wink you give your girl friend in the club over the shoulder of the cute boy she’s talking to. “Feeling Myself” is like, literally riding through Texas with 97.9 The Beat on and you and your BFF yelling all the words to “Fucking Problem.” “Feeling Myself” sounds like, well, hearing “Feeling Myself” come on in the club and the shrill shriek from a group of girls that sprint to the dance floor. “Feeling Myself” is about women, and while it’s not trying to be a statement, it ends up being one anyway.

Thomas Inskeep: This snuck up on me so hard. Alongside “Only” and “Truffle Butter”(and even “Anaconda,” I’ll argue), another reminder that when Nicki’s making hip-hop tracks, she’s kinda un(s)toppable. She drops so many choice little couplets here. And at first you think Bey’s just here to say “I’m feelin’ myself,” but then she busts out a little – not rapping, exactly. Toasting? And it’s hot. Hit-Boy keeps the track perfectly simple: a keyboard whine and a very basic beat, and that’s all it needs, to spotlight the Queen of Rap and, well, the Queen of Everything. You could almost see this as “Flawless (Remix)” Part II, except it might well be better.

Iain Mew: “Changed the game with that digital drop” pops into my head at least once a week, but what’s amazing listening to “Feeling Myself” in isolation is just how many and varied its spectacular moments are. It’s a dual lap of honour in the form of a whistle stop (…carry on) tour of territory won, and as reassertions of dominance go, it’s a lot of fun.

Mo Kim: Here we have two black women at the top of their game lifting each other up to even higher heights. Callbacks and references abound, from the name-drop of “***Flawless” to Nicki Minaj reprising her trilling from “Anaconda.” Even the music defers to Beyoncé: when she snarls about stopping the world, it skips a measure and she switches up tones, cooing “Carry on” with the sweetness of somebody who knows she’s already won this fight and won’t bother cutting off the head under her heel. Meanwhile, Minaj’s voice is completely singular, at once sharp and arrogant and silly and kind. All of this is pure indulgence, but there’s no denying that if anybody has earned the right to indulge themselves a little bit, it’s these two. Not that I’d object, either, not when fucking around sounds this good.

Alfred Soto: It’s hard to know what to do with this collaboration. On The Pinkprint, sandwiched between failed bangers and wrecked guest appearances, it was no standout. On the radio it’s too slow. Repeating the title is a poor hook. But Minaj, whippin’ all that work, is at her best.

Ramzi Awn: The second “Feeling Myself” dropped, it felt like something that happened five years ago. Nicki Minaj’s romance with Beyoncé makes for a rare synthetic synergy that is both obvious and new. The sparseness of the lead synth seamlessly ushers in Yoncé’s coos, and “Feeling Myself” gives Minaj yet another excuse to experiment with dissonant vowels, which is never a bad idea.

Will Adams: That winding synth zaps half of the song’s energy once it’s clear that it’s getting looped throughout the whole song. Beyoncé does the most she can with the so-so hook, and she jumps out of verses as quickly as she jumps in. Nicki comes off best here (though that’s almost a given at this point) but she doesn’t come off as fun as the video might lead you to believe.

Mark Sinker: Good for each other, aren’t they? Hope they do lots more like this.

Rebecca A. Gowns: Adorable and assertive in all the right ways. This is the duet that we want. This is the duet that we need.

Maxwell Cavaseno: 6 Months Later, this song remains incredibly boring.

Josh Winters: As sensuously satisfying as chomping on a burger while grinding on the wall with zero fucks given.

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2 Responses to “Nicki Minaj ft. Beyoncé – Feeling Myself”

  1. at a recent point in time Max went from ‘jukeboxer I agree with least’ to ‘jukeboxer I agree with most’ and it happened very suddenly

  2. this song is so good, the queen of rap slaying with queen B