The Bottom Line
Nicki Minaj's candy-coated, slightly naughty, rapping has a head-on collision with Eurodisco. The results are entertaining, but it leaves a taste in the mouth that this is all rather derivative. Any real personality or emotional involvement seems lost in the slick surface. Despite the shortcomings, you may indeed find yourself singing along, "Hands up, and touch the sky."
- Strong dance energy
- Nostalgic Eurodance breaks
- Singalong chorus
- Derivative of other songs and artists
- Standard issue singing
- Written by Onika Maraj, Carl Falk, Rami Yacoub, and Wayne Hector
- Produced by RedOne, Carl Falk, and Rami Yacoub
- Released February 2012 by Cash Money
Guide Review - Nicki Minaj - "Starships"
"Starships" is a solid outing for Nicki Minaj. However, the day-glo pop-rap success of "Super Bass," emotional power of "Fly," and experimentation of her Grammy Awards performance has left us expecting Nicki Minaj to push boundaries. "Starships" feels a little bit like retreating into a musical pocket and trying a little too hard to insure another pop chart hit. The result is pleasurable but not particularly memorable.
Nicki Minaj follows the path she took in her featured vocal on David Guetta's hit "Turn Me On" blending rapping and singing. On both songs her rapping is significantly more distinctive than her singing. "Starships" features multiple Eurodisco breaks that will remind many listeners of 2 Unlimited's early 90s dance smash "Get Ready For This." They provide the song's moments for hands thrown in the air on the dance floor. Lyrically, "Starships" seems to follow Ke$ha's mantra of forgetting the outside world and heading to the club for moments of inspired euphoria.
If you are a fan of Nicki Minaj's pop leaning music, "Starships" is likely to be pleasing. However, if you are looking for her to push another boundary, then waiting for the upcoming Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded album is the better path. Nicki Minaj is busy consolidating her pop fan base here and looking for a hit. Judging by the chart success of "Starships," with the help of RedOne she has successfully completed the task.