By Josh Schonfeld
After previewing the track during the MTV European Music Awards, which she hosted last Sunday, Nicki Minaj has released the haunting single, “Bed of Lies” featuring Skylar Grey in full. Filled with similes and metaphors about beds and sheets, this eerie ode to a former lover will have you wishing you had a horrible ex in your life just to have a reason to post the lyrics onto your Facebook wall.
The track begins with the quintessential “sad girl on piano,” Skylar Grey of “Where’d You Go?” and “Coming Home” fame, licking the wounds from her scorned lover, asking, “Do you ever think of me when you lie, lie down in your bed, your bed of lies?” The simple piano notes accompanied with a twinge of violins create a depressing atmosphere perfect for what Grey’s lyrics are expressing. While that hook is repeated throughout the song, Grey also sings the beautiful bridge, which contains the best line in the song: “So does she know I’ve been in that bed before? A thousand count and not single thread of truth.”
Unfortunately for Minaj, Grey steals the show as she laments about the lies her past relationship was built on. Minaj has a crisp and pleasing flow to her rap, but the lyrics seem to fall flat. Known for her off-the-wall lyrics, the raps in “Bed of Lies” seem somewhat tame, especially considering this is a song about all her exes’ wrongdoings. Minaj also seems to have an obsession with pill references. Every one of her tracks from The Pinkprint have made a reference to popping pills, which has just become unnecessary and overdone with this fourth single.
Minaj’s single choices seem be just as schizophrenic as her multiple personalities. From the beautifully boring “Pills N Potions” to the cheeky bubblegum pop masterpiece that is “Anaconda,” to the hard-hitting yet woefully misguided “Only” featuring Drake, Lil Wayne, and Chris Brown, Minaj has run the gamut of this loose genre known as “pop.” Having such a broad and universal brand seems to have backfired on the “Super Bass” rapper, as she must release three or four completely different singles at a time just to appease her diverse mix of rabid fans, known as “Barbz.”
In the end, “Bed of Lies” remains an above average single for Minaj, even if it is solely because of the Skylar Grey feature. Perhaps Minaj should look back at her past discography and remember how well her introspective rapping was on tracks such as “Your Love” and “Right Thru Me.”