Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande sizzle in “Get On Your Knees,” a track off Nicki’s last album, The Pinkprint. In the song, Nicki and Ariana sing about what they need most in a relationship. The second collaboration from the two, after “Bang Bang,” does offer some refreshing spin from their own music. If only for the sound, the song is actually delightfully addicting. It’s a decent effort from the two; just forget the lyrics from Nicki’s rather disorganized and literary murderous verses.
Like what was already mentioned in “Feeling Myself,” Nicki looks miscast in her own song. “Get On Your Knees” could have been better if it was an Ariana Grande song instead. That way, Nicki’s verses would be shorter, and emphasis would be more on Ariana’s stunning vocals that give a better meaning to the song. However, it is not the case. Thus, everybody should just accept the fact that the beautiful melody of the song is compromised by its lyrics that need creative improvement.
Furthermore, the song achieved intense lyrical downfall when Nicki sang, “I’ll be back at 11, you just act like a peasant / Got a bow on my panties because my ass is a present.” No matter how intensive the textual analysis, it just does not make sense at all. To make matters even worse, there is a line that says, “Gimme brain, assume the position / Make me way smarter like you was a magician / Paid my dues and tuition, it’s good for your nutrition.”
Perhaps Nicki is right. Maybe she needs someone to send her to school so that her brains can actually work to write better lyrics to her songs. Then again, it’s a Nicki Minaj song. No one can really expect songwriting excellence from the female who drew samples from the line “My anaconda don’t want none unless you got buns hun.”
On the brighter side, the sound of Ariana Grande really does magic to Nicki Minaj’s attempt at subtle rapping. The “Love Me Harder” singer provides the finesse necessary to embellish the forced sexiness of the “Anaconda” singer. Ariana, in this case, is the equalizer that provides the unintelligible song a direction where it can actually make sense.