Only is a song by American rapper Nicki Minaj, from her upcoming third studio album, The Pinkprint (2014). It was released on October 28, 2014 by Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records and Republic Records as the third single from the album. It features additional rap vocals from hip hop artists Drake and Lil Wayne, and also features Chris Brown who sings the chorus of the song. Production was handled by Dr. Luke and Cirkut.
Minaj posted the single cover on Instagram two days before the release, informing that this would be the third single of her upcoming album The Pinkprint.
Only received generally positive reviews from critics. Carolyn Menyes from Music Times gave the song a positive review, saying With a cool sense of confidence and rhymes that boast of her own sexual and rapping prowess, Minaj is taking the reins, leading into the equally vulgar and explosive rap verses from Drake and Wayne. Brennan Carley from Spin said Only is Nicki at her dirtiest and smartest, rapping with metaphors thatd fly over other rappers heads while keeping the glint of a knowing wink always in her eye. Miles Raymer from Entertainment Weekly praised Minajs rap and called it the best part of the song. Chris Coplan from Consequence Of Sound said although it wasnt the strongest effort from them three, the song was a great display of how their separate and distinct personalities can still play off one another nicely. Drew Millard from Noisey praised Lil Waynes verse and said Minaj continues to rap laps around the competition and theres no indication that thats going to change any time soon.
Matthew Trammell of FADER gave the song a negative review, saying Minaj delivers sleepy lines and comes off a bit desperate.
Only debuted at number 6 on the Digital Songs chart selling 76,000 digital downloads in its first week. The song debuted at number 54 on the Billboard Hot 100, it has so far peaked at number 27 on the chart.
The accompanying music video for Only, which was directed by Hannah Lux Davis, premiered on December 12, 2014. The video opens with an injured man lying on the floor in what appears to be a chamber. He is then taken to room were many other tortured men are tied up in a room. The video then cuts to Minaj who is wearing black-feathered lingerie. She raps wearing a sheer getup and sky-high platform heels. Minaj and Drake standing side by side while Nicki dons what looks like a black lace wedding veil. Minaj, Wayne, and Drake stand in a run-down dungeon as Minaj continues to rap.
On December 06, 2014, Minaj first performed the song at Saturday Night Live.
On August 5, 2012, producer Noah 40 Shebib posted the song Enough Said by the late singer Aaliyah featuring Drizzy. Aailayahs voice is supported by40s signature dark soundscapes.
Drake is reportedly executive producer of an posthumous Aaliyah album. There is a great deal of debate as to whether an entire album is planned and whether this is appropriate, especially without the input of long-time Aaliyah collaborators Timbaland and Missy Elliott. Drake is known for a deep fascination with Aaliyah, which some commentators claim borders of macabre. Aailayah died in a plane crash in August 2001 at the height of her R&B fame.
The logo for Enough Said features the logo of both Drake's October Very Own and Blackground Records, whose first signee was Aaliyah.
Timbaland, a long time collaborator with Aaliyah, who is also signed by Blackground Records, told Power 105s The Breakfast Club, I know they trying to drop some Aaliyah records, but if [Drake] do it, it should be with me and him, and Missy [Elliott]. I dont know whats going on. The proper way to do that would be for me, him, and Missy to be all on the record. For it to be on his record, that would not be right.
Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban were named as two of the four judges on American Idols 12th season. (September 16, 2012)
Nicki Minaj had a wardrobe malfunction, slipping out of her top while performing on ABCs Good Morning America the morning of August 5, 2011.
The event appeared on the east code feed despite a five second delay.
Cher Lloyd said was inspired by rapper Nicki Minaj, whom she said changed pop music, adding that No one was doing what she was doing, and then she came in and it was kind of one of those things where people were like, Whoa! She just changed pop music. And she did! Theres no denying it.
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