Only

Album: The Pinkprint (2014)
Charted: 35 12

Songfacts®:

  • This song features Nicki Minaj going head to head with Young Money labelmates Drake and Lil Wayne as they rap a verse each. The Queen of the Barbz kicks off the song shutting down rumors of her sleeping with Lil Wayne and Drake in a very explicit way. Drake reiterates that he's never had sexual relations with Nicki, but would if she hadn't already got a man. Wayne brings home the final verse, which continues the hardcore lyrical content as the Young Money boss' fantasies about sleeping with the Queens MC.
  • The Young Money trio have a history of flirting with each other. Nicki Minaj rapped some dirty talk directed at Wayne in 2009's "Bedrock" whilst Drake expressed his love for the Queens MC on the 2010 track "Miss Me" and expressed a wish to tie the knot with her in "Moment 4 Life" the same year.
  • Chris Brown croons the hook. Breezy and Drake had a long-standing feud that included a bottle throwing incident at a New York City club in 2012. This was his first appearance on a track with the Toronto MC after the pair decided to move on from their issues.
  • The song was produced by Dr. Luke and Cirkut. The hitmaking producers previous collaborations with Minaj include the singles "Va Va Voom" and "Pills N Potions."
  • Minaj released the song soon after a rumoured split from long-term boyfriend Safaree Samuels. However any suggestions that the cut was a subliminal message now she's reportedly single again were put away after Samuels revealed that he was in the studio while the tune was being recorded.
  • Minaj released a lyric music video for the song which premiered close to the twenty-fifth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the the seventy-sixth anniversary of the Kristallnacht, which marked the start of the Holocaust. The militaristic animated short was directed by Jeff Osbourne and depicts animated versions of Minaj, Lil Wayne, Drake, and Chris Brown amidst Nazi-inspired imagery and flags emblazoned with 'YM' (representing Young Money).

    The video provoked an immediate backlash, with many calling the clip anti-semitic and insensitive. The Anti-Defamation League's National Director and Holocaust survivor Abraham H. Foxman lambasted the promo saying: "Nicki Minaj's new video disturbingly evokes Third Reich propaganda and constitutes a new low for pop culture's exploitation of Nazi symbolism."

    Drake, who is Jewish, was also criticized for his involvement in the visual.

    Minaj addressed the criticism, saying: "The artist who made the lyric video for "Only" was influenced by a cartoon on Cartoon Network called "Metalocalypse" & Sin City." Both the producer, & person in charge of over seeing the lyric video (one of my best friends and videographer: A. Loucas), happen to be Jewish."

    "I didn't come up w/the concept, but I'm very sorry and take full responsibility if it has offended anyone," she added. "I'd never condone Nazism in my art."

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