Nicki Minaj’s Comeback Single “Do We Have A Problem?”

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Nicki Minaj and Lil Baby pose for the cover art of their song “Do We Have A Problem?” (Photo Credit: Spotify)

by Jake Harris, Staff Writer

Rapper Nicki Minaj released her first single in two years titled “Do We Have A Problem?” on February 4 with rapper Lil Baby. 

Minaj announced her comeback on social media, then did many interviews with radio stations to promote the release of the song giving details of her upcoming album. Minaj’s last single titled “Yikes” was released on February 7, 2020, and she initially planned to begin the rollout for her fifth album in 2020, but due to Covid she delayed it. She then became pregnant with her first child and in an Instagram live she discussed how she decided to take a break from her music career to focus on being a mother. 

The music video is a nine minute short film, and in an interview with the Hot 93.7 show DJ Buck & Friends, Minaj stated that it is inspired by one of her favorite films “Salt” starring Angelina Jolie. The storyline begins with Minaj as a secret agent in an interrogation room. She has been given the task to kill someone, and despite being hesitant at first, she decides to take the mission. The video then changes the scene to a high end auction with Lil Baby while “Do We Have A Problem?” plays in the background. Minaj’s partner Detective Flint is outside of the room while Minaj made her moves, but to the Detective’s surprise, she sets off smoke bombs and hold up two guns to get people to leave the auction. Lil Baby and Minaj then drive to Cuba, and as they arrive, Detective Flint finds them. The video ends with Lil Baby and Minaj holding guns up to his head revealing that the plan was a ploy, and a snippet of her new song “Bussin” plays.

Upon release the song jumped to the number one spot on the iTunes all genre chart and the Apple Music chart. The song has already sold 100,000 units in less than a week, and debuted at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100. The critical reception to this song is mixed, but Minaj’s fan base, the “barbz,” love the song.