Minaj duets with Blige, well possibly not, or possibly not yet
By CMU Editorial | Published on Friday 24 June 2011
Despite announcing recently that she was “done” with collaborations, it seems old habits die hard for Nicki Minaj, who has made an exception for Mary J Blige by appearing on the R&B queen’s new song ‘Feel Inside’… or has she?
According to Billboard, a source close to Ms Blige’s camp has reported that the song, which surfaced online recently, is just a mash-up of two separate tracks, a mock-up of how a musical partnership between the two divas might sound. Apparently both stars are, in fact, working together on a totally different project, which may or may not feature on Mary’s upcoming album ‘My Life II: The Journey Continues’.
Putting off doubts over its authenticity for a second, the mix is at least cohesive and well-crafted. Nicki and Mary’s two elements follow a similar narrative, with both women feeling on edge about their tiresome relationships. The Young Money rappette brings a few choice one-liners to the table on the Wu-Tang-sampling soul jam, while Mary’s vocal is as heartfelt and assuredly strong as one might expect from a veteran of such classics as ‘No More Drama’ and ‘Family Affair’.
Listen to it here via Idolator.