Beez in the Trap
"Beez in the Trap" is a song by American rapper and singer Nicki Minaj for her second studio album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012). It was written by Minaj, Maurice Jordan, and 2 Chainz, who contributed a guest verse to the song, while production was handled by Matthew "Got Koke" Furdge and Kenoe. The track was released as the album's third single on May 29, 2012 following "Starships" and "Right by My Side".
|"Beez in the Trap"|
|Single by Nicki Minaj featuring 2 Chainz|
|from the album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded|
|Released||May 29, 2012|
(Los Angeles, California)
|Nicki Minaj singles chronology|
|2 Chainz singles chronology|
Musically, "Beez in the Trap" is primarily an electro-hop and hardcore hip hop song which features a retro 1980s gangsta rap production and elements of dubstep, grime, and trap. The song peaked at No. 48 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 7 on the hot rap charts. An accompanying music video for the track was released on Vevo on April 6, 2012.
"Beez in the Trap" was written by Minaj, Maurice Jordan, and 2 Chainz, while production was handled by Matthew "Got Koke" Furdge and Kenoe. It was recorded at Conway Studios in Los Angeles, California by Ariel Chabaz and Finis "KY" White with assistance from Jon Sher. Mixing of the song was done by Chabaz with additional help from Sher at Conway Studios. Originally, Kenoe began sending both pop and hip-hop songs to Minaj when he heard that production of her sophomore album had begun. Later that same day, Minaj's A&R Mack Maine informed him that she was looking for "some rap shit", so he submitted more aggressive, urban songs in hopes of inclusion on the record. Kenoe said that the song's musical concept was simplicity as he didn't want "a million and one things going on in it", and credited it as being distinctive from the others included on the album. The song premiered on DJ Flex's radio show at Hot 97 on March 20, 2012. In an interview with Graham Norton, Minaj stated "It just means, 'I am always...' you know, that's our slang way of saying, 'I beez doing such-and-such-and-such.' So it's really like, 'I am always in the trap.' Now, the trap, ladies and gentlemen, relates to anywhere where you get your money."
"Beez in the Trap" is an electro-hop and hardcore hip-hop slow jam set in common time. The music is built around a spacious and echoed beat, complemented by sparse hollow drums, and heavy-bass. Its permutable soundscape incorporates a retro 1980s gangsta rap production, which consists of effects such as finger-snaps, sparse instrumentation, ricocheting sonar blips, "drip drip" synths, and features elements of dubstep and grime music.
The song's musical structure is characterized by its ultra minimalistic production, devoid of any hooks and often veering on nothing but empty space, with the exception of a "bubble-pop" beat and a "growling" sub-bass. Throughout "Beez in the Trap", Minaj changes and adapts her vocal delivery to specific areas of the song. During the verses and bridge, her vocals are "biting and caustic", while in the choruses, her vocals are "matter-of-fact and almost bubbly" according to Jessica Sager of Popcrush. Calling it trap song, Nathan S of the music review site DJ Booth said Minaj "put aside her usually schizophrenic rhyme style in favor of a mellow, almost spoken style."
The song received generally mixed reviews. Although he felt that the song "lack[ed] real substance", Adam Fleischer of XXL praised "Beez in the Trap", calling it a "memorable moment" of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, and also complimented Minaj's "unique energy and distinct personality" displayed in the song. Ryan Dombal of Pitchfork Media described "Beez in the Trap" as a "effortless, pinging schoolyard taunt", and, in a separate review of the song for the same publication, Carrie Battan complimented Minaj's "daunting swagger", writing that she "hits a spot sweet enough to render every single gripe obsolete for four and a half minutes". In her review of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded for The A.V. Club, Genevieve Koski described Minaj's performance as "relatively sedate but incredibly sharp": she called the song's production "spare" and "sonar-blip", and noted Minaj to be "at her most verbose" during the first six songs of the album.
Tom Ewing, writing for The Guardian, felt "Beez in the Trap" showed Minaj's awareness of her "divided fanbase": he noted that whilst Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded contained songs that were "precision-tooled for the modern pop environment", "Beez in the Trap" places more emphasis on Minaj's rapping ability, writing that the song "throw[s] a bone to the listeners who just want to hear her rap". Rob Markman of MTV News commended the performance of 2 Chainz, calling his verse in the song "charismatic", and went on to write that he "doesn't compromise a thing spitting alongside the multiplatinum rapper". No Ripcord stated that "I Am Your Leader and Beez In The Trap are thrilling and make good use of cameos". Slant Magazine stated that "I Am Your Leader and Beez in the Trap [are] two excellent tracks which manage to sound both bubbly and heavy as Minaj delivers her most effortlessly entertaining shit-talk to date".
Minaj filmed the official music video for "Beez in the Trap" on March 18, 2012 in Miami. It was directed by Benny Boom. The video, which featured 2 Chainz, was premiered on April 6, 2012 on Minaj's official VEVO account. The video was nominated for Best Hip-Hop Video at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards. As of December 2018, the video has more than 175 million views.
The video begins with Minaj squatting down wearing a blonde wig in a pink turtleneck leotard, with barbed wire as a foreground. A clip is shown of women and men partying in a strip club. Minaj is then sitting in a green wig in a club with many strippers and exotic dancers; she and her female friends sit down in bikinis flashing money, and act flirtatiously with one another. Then 2 Chainz appears rapping his verse, while Minaj is seen beside him dancing very seductively in a leopard print catsuit in a dimly lit room. Throughout the video clips of Minaj and others are seen partying, and drinking. Birdman makes an appearance in the video. Towards the end Minaj raps her second verse in a bikini with her hype man "SB" behind her, and she is in the same dark lit room with strippers sensually dancing around her. The video ends with Minaj and 2 Chainz back to back.
Minaj performed the song live for the first time on 106 & Park on April 3, 2012, along with "Champion", "Roman Reloaded", "Right by My Side", "HOV Lane", "I Am Your Leader", and "Fire Burns". She performed the song after "Champion" at the BET Awards 2012 along with 2 Chainz. The song was also performed live on Radio 1's Hackney Weekend on June 23, 2012. Minaj added the song to the set list of her Pink Friday Tour, where she performed the song with 2 Chainz on the North American leg. The song was also included on Minaj's Pink Friday: Reloaded Tour.
The song debuted at number 73 on the Hot Digital Singles chart in the week ending August 15, 2012. As of December 2014 the song had sold over 1 million copies in the United States. On August 28, 2012 it was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Credits and personnelEdit
The credits for "Beez in the Trap" are adapted from the liner notes of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.Recording
Radio release historyEdit