I will always have a love for the Jonas’s in a first-concert kind of way, and I’m a firm believer that there’s room for Nicki Minaj at (almost) any occasion, but did this combo seem, I don’t know, strange to anyone else?

Nicki Minaj is no stranger to killer collaboration and she seems to be making a habit of getting the former JoBros involved in the magic. Manaj and Nick Jonas worked together on the track, “Bom Bidi Bom” for the “Fifty Shades Darker” soundtrack earlier this year and now she’s featured on DNCE’s new single “Kissing Strangers.”

The anticipation of this release was hard to bear, because sometimes the more opposite the artists are, the cooler the collaboration.

The song has a great start, hearing “Young Money” increases any song’s value tenfold and hearing it against an 80’s synth intro was a true experience in juxtaposition.  The rest of the song takes on the classic DNCE funky-pop vibe so, the sudden rapping feels out of place and catches you off guard.

With all the hype, I thought Minaj would have more than just a verse. I had expected for the song to meet in the middle of two sounds, I don’t know how they would have done that, it would have been out there, but it would have been amazing if they pulled it off. The whole thing may have been more of a hope and a dream than an expectation that could potentially be accomplished with an awesome remix in the future.

That being said, I love the song and will never say that it would be better without the Minaj’s verse. The psychedelic album art is amazing, I want to print it out and frame it. The more I listen to it, the more I like it, and I’m excited to hear it on the radio twice a day for the next year and a half.

Even better, DNCE released a lyric video for the single and it features everyone as dogs in a round of speed dating. Nicki Minaj is played by a pink poodle named Jeremy. What more can you ask for?

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