Nicki Minaj has been forging a return to the game, spitting edgy bars as heard on her previous single “Lookin’ Ass Ni**a” which angered the family of Malcolm X AKA El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz over use his image.
The Queens rapper joined forces with Chicago’s Lil Herb for the song “Chi-Raq” and threw a jab at the slain leader’s daughter on the follow-up track. The question that remains is this: did the Pink Friday artist overstep her position by responding to the family of one of Black History’s most revered figures in a violent, profane rap song?
“Don’t yell cut when it’s shootin’ time/Sign up, it’s recrutin’ time/Big wigs with them suit and ties/And them big things, I got two inside/F*ck warrin’ with these ho ni**as/I don’t do coke, I don’t blow ni**as/I don’t tell ni***as, I show ni**as/And it’s never less than like four ni**as,” is how Minaj opens up the track.
Minaj grows more darker on the sinister track, addressing the fervor surrounding her use of the iconic “By Any Means Necessary” photo of Malcolm X. Minaj is in straight battle mode in a continuation of her blistering and profane bars featured on “Lookin’ Ass Ni**a.”
“Malcolm X daughter came at me/lookin’ ass ni**as ain’t happy/rolled out with some Latin Kings and some eses in them plain khaki’s,” said Minaj.
For those who wanted Minaj to get back to her gutter rap roots, they’ll be pleased. The ferocious, scene-stealing ability she featured on Kanye West’s 2010 “Monster” single is making a slow return but at what cost ultimately?
All over social media, fans of Minaj are praising the track as she has one of most rabid fan bases around. Minaj’s return to hardcore rap after flirting with the pop world would normally be a cause for celebration if not for the swipe at Ilyasah Shabazz, one of the six childtren of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz.
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Photo: Instagram/Nicki Minaj