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Nicki Minaj Shows Softer Side in New 'Marilyn Monroe' Leaked Track (Opinion)

An unofficial version of the pop ballad leaked to the web, though the song’s origins remain unclear.

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Fans of Nicki Minaj’s surprise smash-hit “Super Bass” will soon have a new pop-friendly ballad to sing in the shower.

A new and unofficial track leaked to the web this week, in which the rapper appears to be channeling Barbie rather than her other male alter ego, Roman. The song is rumored to be titled “Marilyn Monroe” and features Minaj’s sweeter, softer vocals instead of the rapid-fire rhymes we’re accustomed to hearing from her.

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“Just call me blessed. If you can’t handle my worst, you ain’t getting my best. Is this how Marilyn Monroe felt? Must be how Marilyn Monroe felt,” Minaj croons against an upbeat piano and synth beats.

The song lyrics draw on a famous quote from Monroe, in which she said: “I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.”

Listen to the track here, via Prefix. The song is likely unfinished, but this start certainly sounds promising. Minaj has a knack for straddling the line between hardcore rap fans and bubblegum pop lovers, with "Monroe" very clearly catering to the latter demo. 

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Minaj’s sophomore album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded was set for a Valentine’s Day debut via Young Money records, but was recently pushed back to April 3rd. Among the new songs to be released on the album are the “Stupid Hoe” and “Roman in Moscow,” which play in stark contrast to the softer “Monroe.” What do you think of the new tune?