“Super Bass” by Nicki Minaj
On “Super Bass”, Nicki Minaj raps about hitting on a particular guy she’s interested in. She also mentions that the song is dedicated to guys that use heavy bass systems in their cars.
Nicki describes the guy she’s crushing over, highlighting his physical features, his aura and even his pockets, while affirming that he’s the kind of guy she has been looking for. She warns other ladies to stay off, stressing on the fact that she’s confident enough to get the guy or as she puts it, to mack up the dude.
Aside her flirtatious lines, the narrator confesses her love to this guy by saying that he makes her heart beat faster than it should. She expresses that this man has control over her heart, and the effect it creates is similar to the thundering sound produced by a bass-heavy sub woofer.
Apparently, she loves this guy so dearly that her heart literally beats as loud as a bass drum, as she conveys the effect of the sound with the words “Boom Badoom”. In the end, Nicki tells this guy how she needs him in her life and pleads with him not to go away because she is in love with him.
Who wrote “Super Bass”?
“Super Bass” was written by Nicki Minaj, Ester Dean, and Daniel Johnson (Kane Beatz).
This pop-rap tune was released as a single on 5th April 2011. The song is featured on the deluxe edition of Nicki’s first studio album, Pink Friday.
The clip for this tune was directed by the experienced Moroccan-American film director, Sanaa Hamri. This video, which was released in May 2011, received two nominations at the MTV Video Music Awards later that year. It was selected for the categories of Best Hip-Hop Video and Best Female Video. It won the former and lost the later to “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga.
How “Super Bass” performed on the charts
After its release, “Super Bass” quickly rose to prominence and became one of the rapper’s most successful songs, peaking at No.3 in the U.S. and No.8 in the United Kingdom. It was also a massive hit in several other regions, like Canada and Australia, where it peaked at No.6.
First Live Performance
Minaj performed this single live for the first time on 22nd May 2011. That performance took place at the Billboard Music Awards for that year.
Billboard magazine, in 2015 honored this Nicki Minaj hit. They did so by placing it on their list of The 20 Best Songs of the 2010s (So Far).
“Super Bass” sampled and remixed multiple times
Songs by other artists that contain samples of “Super Bass” in them include DJ Earworm’s 2011 track, “World Go Boom” and “All About That Super Bass”, performed by the musical duo, Pomplamoose in 2014.
In 2011, the British girl band, Little Mix released a cover of this Minja hit single. That same year, American pop/rock ensemble, The Downtown Fiction also released their version of this single.