During a red carpet interview at the 2016 American Music Awards, the members of Major Lazer revealed they had a Nicki Minaj and Partynextdoor collaboration on deck; however, fans would have to wait until 2017 for the track to officially drop.
After weeks of anticipation and several leaked snippets, we now have the full song. And, to no one’s surprise, it’s a banger.
The track is called “Run Up,” and serves as another example of Diplo’s love for the dancehall sound.
This isn’t the first time the newly single Nicki has joined forces with Dilpo. In 2015, the two collaborated on Madonna’s “Bitch I’m Madonna.” In October, Nicki revealed she was sitting on a song that featured a Diplo beat, and wanted Foxy Brown and Remy Ma to join her on the track. But considering the possible shade Remy recently threw at the Pinkprint artist, that doesn’t seem likely.
“Run Up” is expected to be on Major Lazer’s upcoming fourth studio album, Music Is the Weapon. While visiting Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show last summer, Diplo shared some details about the project, including its features.
“Definitely we have Usher on it. [“Lean On” collaborator] MØ’s back on songs,” he said. “We have a song with Sam Hunt which is very unusual, but I love him. Travis Scott. I don’t even know; I have to go back…Sia is on a couple ideas, but one of the records might be her record. She’s definitely background vocals on a song.”
While we wait for Music Is the Weapon to drop, you can listen to “Run Up” below.