Now that I have listened to the latest Nicki Minaj offering for the fifth time, I think I'm about ready for some lyrical analysis. Of course, Minaj debuted a clip from "Bed of Lies" in her MTV EMAs performance, sandwiched between "Super Bass" and "Anaconda," but that snippet alone was enough for me to realize that this could very well be my favorite song of hers off her upcoming album, The Pinkprint — which is really saying something, because I have "Pills N Potions" and "Anaconda" on repeat, too. So when Minaj released "Bed of Lies" in full on Monday morning, I rushed to listen to it and open up my heart to ALL THE FEELS. Because that's what happens when you listen to this new track. You feel all the feels — and hate "SB" Samuels a little, if he is the true subject of the song.
The original chorus and verse that Minaj released have already been discussed in full, but the song only gets more poignant and heartrending from there. "I just figured if you saw me, if you looked in my eyes," the Pink Friday artist raps on the track. "You’d remember our connection and be freed from the lies. I just figured I was something that you couldn’t replace, but there was just a blank stare and I couldn’t relate." Does anyone else feel the sudden urge to wrap Minaj up in a blanket and give her some warm cocoa?
As if that isn't bad enough, after the second verse, Skylar Grey cuts in with a bridge that will tug at your heartstrings. You know, if the rest of the song hadn't already tugged them until they were all stretched out.
So does she know I’ve been in that bed before
A thousand count, and not a single thread of truth
If I was just another girl
Then I’m ashamed to say that I’m not over you
There’s one thing I need to know
So call me, when you’re not so busy just thinking of yourself
Where do I begin? First of all, the image of "a thousand count, and not a single thread of truth" in a bed of lies is amazing. Seriously, Minaj is slaying this year — and I like to think I am not easily impressed. Second of all, I need an applause gif for the final line asking to be called when the man in question isn't busy thinking of themselves. That didn't strike me with the same resonance as the threads of truth, but it did make me want to snap my fingers in a Z formation and walk away with this song blaring. It just goes to show that even when you're making Minaj feel such intense heartbreak that she immortalizes it in song, she's still going to march right through it with her head held high until you're nothing more than a memory.
Whoever "Bed of Lies" is about, Minaj is definitely taking them to task with these lyrics and the overall effect of the words with the music combines to leave you a bit breathless. If there are any haters out there who are still doubting that Minaj has any talent or that she can recapture the level of fame she had around the time Pink Friday came out, then they need to look no further than "Bed of Lies."
Check out the song below.