Nicki Minaj, the iconic rapper and fashionista, has paid homage to the doll that has inspired her aesthetic for years. Collaborating with Ice Spice, she brings us “Barbie World,” a vibrant and lively track featured on the star-studded soundtrack of the highly anticipated Greta Gerwig-directed movie centered around the iconic Barbie doll. Sampling Aqua’s “Barbie World,” the song delivers a bubbly pop rap with an infusion of all the pink Barbie vibes. Its infectious beat perfectly matches the essence of Barbie and her whimsical world, exuding both chic sophistication and summer-ready charm.
The music video for “Barbie World” features snippets from the film, offering glimpses of Ryan Gosling, who portrays Ken, playfully flexing his muscles. Barbie, portrayed by Margot Robbie, and her friends joyfully dance in front of her dream house, while a beach scene showcases a vibrant flash mob of plastic dolls. Additionally, viewers are treated to scenes of Barbie and Ken happily flipping in her signature pink Corvette. As Nicki and Ice Spice sassily rap, “And I’m built like a Barbie / I’m a doll but I still wanna party,” the video showcases Nicki on a pink jet ski, Ice Spice in a flipped pink wig, and male background dancers showcasing their moves on Barbie’s pink outdoor checkerboard.
An All-Star Soundtrack
The Barbie movie’s soundtrack boasts an impressive lineup of artists, including Charli XCX with “Speed Drive,” Dua Lipa with “Dance The Night,” Haim with “Home,” Ryan Gosling with “I’m Just Ken,” The Kid Laroi with “Forever & Again,” Ava Max with “Choose Your Fighter” (a title that holds an intriguing irony considering recent events), and many more. Fans can anticipate the release of the soundtrack on July 21, coinciding with the theatrical debut of the Barbie movie.
Despite the excitement surrounding “Barbie World,” there has been some controversy involving the song. A songwriter named Martin has come forward, claiming that he had initially sent the song idea to Nicki Minaj last year for consideration in the Barbie movie. Expressing disappointment, Martin explains that the original artist has been displaced from a song that was her brainchild and meant to be a collaboration. He emphasizes the importance of compensating writers and protecting their intellectual property, hoping for a resolution to the situation without further conflict.
“Barbie World” showcases Nicki Minaj’s enduring love for the iconic doll that has been a muse throughout her career. Teaming up with Ice Spice, she delivers a vibrant and infectious track that captures the essence of Barbie’s whimsical world. With a star-studded soundtrack accompanying the highly anticipated Barbie movie, fans are in for a treat as they immerse themselves in the joyous and vibrant world of Barbie. As the controversy surrounding the song unfolds, it is essential to recognize the importance of acknowledging and compensating artists and songwriters for their creative contributions. Despite the setback, the magic of “Barbie World” remains, inviting listeners to embrace their inner Barbie and embark on a delightful journey of self-expression and empowerment.