Mary J. Blige Enlists Nicki Minaj for New Song, ‘Feel Inside’
Mary J. Blige has recruited Nicki Minaj for what is reportedly the first single off her forthcoming new album, ‘My Life II: The Journey Continues.’ Hip-Hop’s Harajuku Barbie blesses the song ‘Feel Inside’ with a couple of verses as Blige handles the soulful vocals.
“White line, it’s a thin line, so quit playing, bench time,” raps Minaj over the song’s pulsing groove, which is clearly reminiscent of the beat from Wu-Tang Clan‘s ‘Triumph.’ ‘My Life II: The Journey Continues‘ will be the Queen of Hip-Hop/R&B’s 10th studio album. The new album is set to include production from Ne-Yo, Swizz Beatz, Raphael Saadiq and J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League.
A previous single from the album has already debuted: ‘Someone to Love Me (Naked),’ featuring Lil Wayne and Sean “Diddy” Combs, which was a remix of the original song that appeared on Diddy-Dirty Money‘s ‘Last Train to Paris’ sans Blige’s vocals.
‘Feel Inside’ isn’t the first time Blige has had a female rapper drop bars on one of her tracks. Lil’ Kim appeared on ‘I Can Love You’ on Blige’s ‘Share My World’ album in 1997, and Eve dropped some bars on ‘Not Today’ from ‘Love & Life’ in 2003. “This a Mary J. Blige, Nicki Minaj knock out collabo,” says the ‘Super Bass’ rapper as the song comes to a close.
Serving as a sequel to Blige’s 1994 ‘My Life’ album, ‘My Life II: The Journey Continues’ is slated to be released on Sept. 20.
*UPDATE: A rep for Mary J. Blige confirms that ‘Feel Inside’ is not the first single off ‘My Life II: The Journey Continues.’