Zayn Malik and Nicki Minaj are two artists who have built their careers on huge collaborations, so it was only a matter of time before the pair found their way to one another in the recording studio. Working together for the first time, Zayn and Nicki have produced a strong single with “No Candle No Light” that brings out the best in both artists.
The EDM and pop mash up captures the dark and brooding sound that Zayn has crafted in his post-boy band era, with Minaj and Malik sharing choruses on the sultry and slinky track that has them looking for love in a relationship built on physical intimacy.
Minaj dropped Zayn’s name earlier this year in her song “Bed” with Ariana Grande, rapping “He go insane on it, I put my fame on it / Coulda’ put Zayn on it, but I put your name on it.”
It’s unclear when Minaj and Zayn recorded their new duet, but we assume it was before Malik tweeted Minaj’s rival.
. @iamcardib Yo I’ve gotta a sick tune if you wanna jump on it lemme know
— zayn (@zaynmalik) October 18, 2018
“No Candle No Light” is the latest single from two artists who have been consistently releasing new music in 2018. Zayn has yet to announce a follow-up to 2016’s impressive Mind of Mine, but the former One Direction member has stayed busy, uploading songs on his Instagram such as his recent cover of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love” as well as “Sour Diesel,” “Let Me,” and “Too Much” with Timbaland.
As for Minaj, she released her highly anticipated Queen album this year while also appearing on tracks with Little Mix, Tyga, and “Runnin” with A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg for the upcoming Creed 2 soundtrack.