Nicki Minaj Gave Willow Smith a Verse

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 24: Singer Nicki Minaj (L) performs with a dancer at the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena September 24, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Clear Channel) WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 25: (AFP-OUT) Willow Smith, daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smitt, performs during the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House on April 25, 2011 in Washington, DC. About 30,000 people are expected to attend the 133-year-old tradition of rolling colored eggs down the White House lawn. (Photo by Roger L. Wollenberg-Pool/Getty Images) Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Clear Channel, Roger L. Wollenberg-Pool/Getty Images

Nicki Minaj has been busy, even for Nicki: in the past forty-eight hours, she’s popped up on a new Rick Ross track (“You the Boss”) and a Big Sean remix (“Dance A$$”). But Vulture would like to draw your special attention to the third and, in our opinion, most engaging collaboration that Nicki has released this week: “Fireball,” the new single from Willow Smith. Now, hear us out: Willow is still very young--just shy of 11--and her music is probably still best appreciated at a roller-rink or Chuck-E-Cheese or wherever the preteens have their birthday parties these days. But “Fireball” is a return to form for the youngest Smith; after experimenting with an actual chorus and melody in “21st Century Girl,” she’s gone back to her strength—a short, super-catchy, party-ready refrain that gets repeated over and over and over until you are sure to accidentally start singing it at a social gathering. “I’m the fireball of this party / I’m the fire / I’m the fireball of this party.” You don’t even have to shake your head around for this one. One more thing: are Nicki Minaj and the Smiths actually neighbors, and if so, how does one score an invite to that block party? Just asking for a friend.