Nicki Minaj blesses the BET awards 2018 stage with her hit single “Chun Li”. It was released as the lead single of the album on April 12, 2018, by Young Money Entertainment and Cash Money Records. It was written and produced by Minaj and Jeremy Reid. Commercially, the song has peaked at number 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100, reached the top 20 in Canada and the top 30 in France, Scotland and the United Kingdom.
“Chun-Li” was produced by Atlanta-native producer J. Reid of Chevi Muzic, alongside Minaj who was credited as a co-producer. According to him, Minaj wanted to deliver the type of “boom-bap” flavored beats that are reminiscent of New York City hip hop. The song is sonically built on slapping, percussion and sparse soundbeads. Minaj linked with Reid in late December 2017, and later explained to him what kind of beat she wanted for the song: she proceeded to rap it and give him the vibe. He made about 13 different beats and Minaj picked out one of them. The song was done in early April 2018, including writing, production, mixing and mastering.
Lyrically, Minaj “rails” against online haters in the track. “They need rappers like me! So they can get on their fucking keyboards and make me the bad guy, Chun-Li.” she declares in the bridge.