Young Money artists really adore their beds. First, Drake told us he only loves his bed and his momma. Now Nicki Minaj‘s “Bed” featuring Ariana Grande tells the tale of “thousand dollar sheets” and “strawberry lingerie.” Who can blame the YMCMB crew for loving their naps?
Apart from thread counts, “Bed” is unique in that it finds Minaj going into her pop bag for the first time this Queen promo cycle. Seductive, sultry, and sweet, “Bed” is a melodic affair with Nicki and Ari sharing singing duties on the hook. One of the more revealing moments of the song is a reference to an upcoming collaboration with ZAYN. During the third verse, Nicki raps, “He go insane on it, I put my fame on it / Coulda put ZAYN on it, but I put your name on it.” The Queens rapper has been teasing the collaboration for a minute and ZAYN has confirmed that the song exists. So why won’t you two drop it?
Another interesting twist is that “Bed” comes a day after Minaj’s ELLE cover story, where she discusses her role as a sex symbol and how it affects her fans.
“In a lot of ways, I don’t know if I’m doing the same thing they’re doing, because I’m selling sex appeal,” Minaj said. “So I can’t look down on these girls. I may not be having sex with people, but I’m still selling sex appeal.”
“I just don’t know if girls who look up to me think that when I’m posting a sexy picture,” she continues. “I’m actually the antithesis of all of that. I’m more of, like, the snobby girl, like the ‘Uh, what’ type of girl. And I want girls to be like that.”
Listen to “Bed” featuring Ariana Grande below.