Nicki Minaj ditches 'Anaconda' antics for deeply-personal new ballad 'Bed of Lies'
Nicki Minaj is getting personal on "The Pinkprint."
After (partially) debuting the song during a live performance at last week's MTV EMAs, the rapper has now released the studio version of "Bed of Lies," which takes down an ex-lover and even suggests he nearly drove her to suicide with the line: "Couldn't believe that I was home alone contemplating overdosing." Strong stuff.
Minaj collaborates with singer-songwriter Skylar Grey on the track, of which Grey previously told Billboard: "The song started being written almost a year ago and then [Minaj] picked it up and wrote her verses on it. Luckily, she liked the demo of it enough to keep me on the song. ...When I heard that she was taking the song I was surprised because it’s not a typical kind of song for her. . . . She seemed to take it to a very personal place."
"Bed of Lies" is closer in spirit to "Pinkprint's" unexpectedly-demure first single "Pills N Potions" than subsequent releases "Anaconda" or "Only," the latter of which recently incited controversy over a lyric video that utilizes Nazi-style imagery.
Listen to "Bed of Lies" below and let us know what you think in the comments.
"The Pinkprint" drops on December 15.