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On “Fractions,” Nicki Minaj demonstrates exactly why she’s called the Queen. After taking a brief hiatus to focus on her growing family, she returned with a song that shows off her still razor-sharp rap skills. “Fractions” only consists of one long verse, but for three minutes straight, Nicki whips through powerful bars about her status in the game. “I put these bitches on game, they should be kissin’ my feet/ I tried to give ‘em some press, they tried to say it was beef,” she spits, referencing her suspected feuds with various artists. What makes Nicki’s verse particularly memorable (besides the technical skill) is the way in which she’s hyper-aware of everything happening around her, from acknowledging criticisms to name-dropping Alex Rodriguez and “Gorilla Glue Girl.” —Jessica McKinney