Even though this is technically a Kanye West track (or a Jay-Z one, Kanye tweeted
that they are "bout to drop" a five-track album called Watch The Throne
) we decided to have Nicki Minaj as our lead image because her verse on the song could be her best ever. It's heavy on the accents and altering voices – her stylings are so hard to pin down – and the lyrics are chockers with bravado. She owns it. Which is an especially big call when her competitors include Hov.
The song, though, is a collaboration of epic proportions: Kanye West, Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Bon Iver. (What happened to Bon Iver's voice? He sounds different.)
Listen up for Kanye's shout-out to Napoleon Dynamite.
Kanye West, Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Bon Iver 'Monster':
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