By Kevin Rutherford
Update: “Anaconda” is officially out on the usual formats. If you were waiting for a high quality version of Minaj’s new single, your day is here.
The “Baby Got Back”-sampling, four-minute track can be found below via Spotify.
“Anaconda” was supposed to be out by now. The song was supposed to get a full release earlier this week and that was going to be the end of it.
But instead, the new single from Nicki Minaj — which has sent shockwaves through the community before a note was even heard due to its raunchy single cover — is scheduled for an Aug. 4 release, with Minaj noting that the reason for the delay will be known sometime this week.
That hasn’t stopped the song from leaking before its official release, albeit currently in low quality. Idolator pointed out the leak, which can be found here if you’re not an audiophile waiting for a clearer version of a Nicki Minaj song.
“Anaconda” is built around a sample of Sir Mix-a-Lot‘s “Baby Got Back,” which makes sense now given the title of “Anaconda” but wasn’t exactly a for-sure move on her part until the song was leaked. Mostly, it uses the “My anaconda don’t want none unless you got buns, hon” line and brings it back throughout the song, along with the original’s horns.
Meanwhile, Minaj is focused solely on her rapping, which holds with the concept of The Pink Print, her upcoming new album, as a return to form of sorts, shedding the singing voice she sometimes utilized (and still does, to an extent) to instead throw down like the old days.
“Anaconda” is due out officially next week. It marks the second high profile release for Minaj, who appears along with Jessie J and Ariana Grande on “Bang Bang,” out earlier this week.