Nicki Minaj’s new musical drought is finally over, and now we fully understand why the Barbz were so eager. Her latest single, “Super Freaky Girl,” made waves before it was even released, with a sample of the song going viral on TikTok. Over 190,000 videos were posted with audio, and even the historically sane JoJo Siwa tried her hand at the viral dance.
According to Billboard, the song was quickly voted the best new release of the week by fans. The success makes sense – not only was the track highly anticipated and super catchy, it also features samples of an ’80s song that was dominating the charts in its day, and Minaj is now introducing it to a new generation of fans.
If you’ve spent any time on TikTok, Instagram Reels, or even YouTube Shorts over the past few weeks, you’re probably all too familiar with this track’s raunchy chorus. However, we’re not the ones who shy away from a super crazy challenge, so let’s break it down.
Super Freaky Girl brings beats and salacious lyrics
Nicki Minaj’s track begins with a sample from Rick James’ original song “Super Freak (Part I)”, which spent 24 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1981. Lines (via Genius) from the “Super Freak” chorus game: “She’s alright / The girl’s alright with me.” After his hum, Minaj quickly delivers an unmistakable “Ayo” before diving into her rap.
The lyrics in James’ song were pretty subtle (this was the 80’s after all). Its refrain described a girl who was “pretty wild” and “the kind of girl you read about”. However, Minaj’s response to his track doesn’t shy away from detail. As Minaj showcases her skills as a talented rapper, she uses her lyrics to inform listeners that she can also “lick it” and “ride it while you slide and slide.” If there was any confusion as to what exactly constitutes a “super freaky girl,” the rapper provides explicit clarification throughout.
It’s certainly not a tune you’d take to a family cookout, but it’s undeniably catchy. The chorus features Minaj and additional Rick James samples spelling the word “freak,” and if Gwen Stefani taught us anything, it’s that spelling makes a song a hit. Needless to say, fans are going crazy.
Nicki Minaj continues to dominate TikTok
Since its release, “Super Freaky Girl” has been climbing the charts and sticking in all of our minds. Nicki Minaj’s army of fans, the Barbz, have posted regular updates on Twittertry to use their numbers and get the song to number one.
Meanwhile, Minaj had to express her appreciation for the track in a cheeky video on Instagram. Wearing a cherry-colored bikini, Minaj lip-synched her lyrics: “You can slap it, you can grab it, you can go down and kiss it / And every time he leaves me alone he always tells me he misses it.” . Her caption simply read, “He wants a FR EEE AK,” which garnered over half a million likes in less than 24 hours. She’s also shown her appreciation for the Barbz rally behind her, using her Instagram stories to share the Sharing awards that “Super Freaky Girl” has received so far. Alongside a screenshot of the song, which features on Spotify Charts’ Top Songs Debut Global, Minaj wrote, “Barbz showed her A**!!!”
Twitter Predictions for next week’s Billboard Hot 100 chart, the single debuts at number two, just behind Harry Styles’ “As It Was.” Time will tell if the song can continue to rise. One thing’s for sure about the Barbz – they know all the little tricks to keep that song up there while climbing.