Beez in the Trap

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"Beez in the Trap"
Single by Nicki Minaj featuring 2 Chainz
from the album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
Released May 29, 2012 (2012-05-29)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2011; Conway Studios (Los Angeles, California)
Genre
Length 4:28
Label
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Kenoe
Nicki Minaj singles chronology
"Take It to the Head"
(2012)
"Beez in the Trap"
(2012)
"Get Low"
(2012)
2 Chainz singles chronology
"Mercy"
(2012)
"Beez in the Trap"
(2012)
"No Lie"
(2012)

"Beez in the Trap" is a song by American rapper 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 Kenoe. The track was released as the album's third single on May 29, 2012 following "Starships" and "Right by My Side".

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.

Background[edit]

"Beez in the Trap" was written by Minaj, Maurice Jordan, and 2 Chainz, while production was handled by 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.[1] 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.[2] The song premiered on DJ Flex's radio show at Hot 97 on March 20, 2012.[3] 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."[4]

Composition[edit]

Minaj recruited rapper 2 Chainz (left) for "Beez in the Trap".

"Beez in the Trap" is a electro-hop and hardcore hip-hop slow jam set in common time.[5][6][7][8] The music is built around a spacious and echoed beat,[9] complemented by sparse hollow drums, and heavy-bass.[10] Its permutable soundscape incorporates a retro 1980s gangsta rap production,[10] which consists of effects such as finger-snaps, sparse instrumentation, ricocheting sonar blips,[11] "drip drip" synths,[10] and features elements of dubstep and grime music.[7][12]

The song's musical structure is characterized by its ultra minimalistic production,[13] devoid of any hooks and often veering on nothing but empty space,[13][14] with the exception of a "bubble-pop" beat and a "growling" sub-bass.[12][8] 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.[15] 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."[9]

Critical reception[edit]

"Beez in the Trap" received positive reviews from music critics, with several commenting positively on Minaj's performance. 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.[16] Ryan Dombal of Pitchfork Media described "Beez in the Trap" as a "effortless, pinging schoolyard taunt",[17] 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".[18] 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.[11]

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".[19] 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".[3] No Ripcord stated that "I Am Your Leader and Beez In The Trap are thrilling and make good use of cameos".[20] 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".[21]

Complex named the song No. 9 on their list of the best 50 songs of 2012, while Pitchfork Media ranked it No. 18.[22][23]

Music video[edit]

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. As of April 2013, the video has over 100 million views.[24]

Synopsis[edit]

The video begins with Minaj squatting down wearing a blonde wig in a pink turtleneck onesie, with barb wire as a foreground. A clip is shown of women and men partying in a strip club. Minaj is then sitting in a club with many strippers, and exotic dancers in a green wig, 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 bodysuit in a dark 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 on her. The video ends with Minaj and 2 Chainz back to back.

Live performances[edit]

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.

Chart performance[edit]

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.[25] On August 28, 2012 it was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.[26]

Credits and personnel[edit]

The credits for "Beez in the Trap" are adapted from the liner notes of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.[27]

Recording
Personnel

Charts[edit]

Awards[edit]

Year Awards ceremony Award Results
2012 VMAs 2012[36] Best Hip-Hop Video Nominated

Radio release history[edit]

Region Date Format
United States May 29, 2012 Rhythmic radio[37]

References[edit]

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  20. ^ Nicki Minaj: Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - Music Review - No Ripcord
  21. ^ Nicki Minaj: Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded | Music Review | Slant Magazine
  22. ^ 9. Nicki Minaj f/ 2 Chainz "Beez in the Trap" — The 50 Best Songs of 2012 | Complex
  23. ^ Staff Lists: The Top 100 Tracks of 2012 | Features | Pitchfork
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  25. ^ Trust, Gary (December 23, 2014). "Ask Billboard: Why Is There No R&B/Hip-Hop in the Hot 100's Top 10?". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 23, 2014. 
  26. ^ RIAA - Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - January 06, 2013
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  32. ^ "Nicki Minaj Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Nicki Minaj. Retrieved April 12, 2012.
  33. ^ "Nicki Minaj Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Rhythmic Songs for Nicki Minaj. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
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