by Willow Smith (featuring Nicki Minaj)

Album: Willow: You Think You Know Me (2011)
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  • 10-year-old singer Willow Smith's third single finds her getting spunky as she proclaims, "I'm the fireball of the party. I'm the fire, I'm the fireball of the party… Watch the fire burn. Burn. Watch me heat it up." The bass heavy party tune was premiered on New York Hot 97 DJ Angie Martinez's afternoon radio show on October 5, 2011.
  • Nicki Minaj joins the fun and reminds the young upstart who is boss. "Put you under my wing, I'm the top boss/ Ain't from Louisiana but I'm hot sauce," the New York MC raps.
  • The drum heavy beat was crafted by Stoopid Robots who ape the sound of a marching band with added bass.
  • Willow spoke with Ryan Seacrest about the song's meaning. She explained: "A fireball is somebody - it doesn't have to be a girl or a boy - somebody that just goes out there and does what they want to do, and [is] just so outgoing and tries new things and just is true to who they are."
  • Hype Williams, who directed Minaj's "Massive Attack" and "Stupid Hoe," masterminded the Star Wars-inspired clip that has Willow emerging from a fireball that crashes to Earth and taking over the streets with her backup dancers. Minaj joins her wearing a pink wig and a teddy bear dress.
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