By Eliza Berman
December 11, 2014

Given the success of their first collaboration — the remix of Beyoncé’s song “Flawless” brandished in many a moment of empowerment — it’s not surprising that Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé would team up for a second round of fierceness. Minaj announced the collaboration with the release of the track list for her upcoming album The Pinkprint, and the result, “Feelin’ Myself,” hit the Internet this morning.

The divas switch off rapping and singing, periodically changing up the pace. As the song’s title suggests, its message is one of unencumbered self-confidence: “Male or female, it make no difference, I stop the world,” Beyoncé sings. “World stop,” she commands, and the music pauses. “Carry on,” she allows, and the beat returns.

The song practically begs for another female duo to try to match the combined swagger of Minaj and Beyoncé. It’s a tall order. As Minaj raps, “We dope girls, we flawless, we the poster girls for all this.”

The Pinkprint drops on Dec. 15.

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