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Jessie J, Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande Channel Their Bad Sides on ‘Bang Bang’

Jessie J Nicki Minaj Ariana Grande
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After learning that Jessie J would be collaborating with Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande on the first single of her upcoming album, we’ve been waiting with bated breath to hear what these ladies had up their sleeves. Now the wait is finally over, and ‘Bang Bang’ is officially out.

With pop’s heavy-hitting producers Max Martin, Savan Kotecha and Ilya behind the mixing board, this track could easily take over as the big song of the summer. Jessie doesn’t hold back, belting out over the continuous staccato beat filled with claps. There’s another belt fest given by Ariana and Nicki ties everything together not by hitting that high note but instead spitting her verse ever so sharply to the rhythm.

“It’s me, Jessie, and Ari / If they test me they sorry / Ride us up like a Harley / Then pull off in this Ferrari / If he hanging we banging / Phone ranging, he slanging / It ain’t karaoke night but get the mic ‘cause he singing,” Nicki delivers on the mic.

‘Bang Bang’ is a declaration of sorts. The ladies are telling the guy they desire to leave his good girl and live a little bit dangerously with each one of them. The confidence in their voices as well as the lyrics are a reminder of the all-female power anthems of the past — En Vogue and Salt-n-Pepa’s ‘Whatta Man,’ ‘Ladies Night’ with Da Brat, Lil Kim, Missy Elliott, Angie Martinez and the late Left Eye and ‘Lady Marmalade’ by Christina Aguilera, Pink, Mya and Lil Kim.

While Ariana has been heating up the charts with ‘Problem’ featuring Iggy Azalea, it looks like this track might give it some competition on the charts.

Listen to Jessie J’s ‘Bang Bang’ Feat. Nicki Minaj & Ariana Grande

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