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Brooklyn White
April 12, 2018 11:40 am

Nicki Minaj is back, and she is not playing. After embarking on a several months-long hiatus, the rapper came in hot today with two new tracks, “Chun Li” and “Barbie Tingz,” in addition to a candid interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1.

In the interview, Nicki Minaj speaks on how she was made out to be a villain after she didn’t appear in any shots with Cardi B in Migos’ “MotorSport” music video. Fans came up with theories, and during her talk with Lowe, Nicki describes how hurt she was that Quavo didn’t defend her absence. The truth is that Nicki wasn’t featured in the same shots as Cardi because of scheduling — not because of any make-believe beef (something Cardi finally addressed in an interview with Beats 1 on April 5th).  In her talk with Lowe, Nicki says, “The only thing with Cardi that really, really, really hurt my feelings was the first interview she did after ‘MotorSport’ came out…I kinda felt ambushed. The first thing that came out of her mouth about a Nicki Minaj feature was ‘she changed the verse’…When it was time to clear the air about that, no one did that. All of them allowed me to look like I lied.”

Nicki addresses this conflict in “Chun Li” (referencing the first female fighter from the “Street Fighter” video game series), with the lines “Oh, I get it, they paintin’ me out to be the bad guy/Well when’s the last time you see a bad guy do the rap game like me?” and “They need rappers like me, they need rappers like me/So they can get on their fucking keyboards and make me the bad guy, Chun Li.”

All in all, Nicki’s performance on Chun-Li reminds me of why I fell in love with Minaj in the first place. She is serving up blazing bars and realness, with a references to her mixtape days: “I went and copped the chopsticks/Put it in my bun just to pop shit.” I’m ready for the full album, ma.

Here are the “Chun Li” lyrics:

Ayo, look like I’m goin’ for a swim
Dunk on ’em, now I’m swingin’ off the rim
Bitch ain’t comin’ off the bench
While I’m comin’ off the court fully drenched
Here, get some haterade, get ya thirst quenched
Styled on ’em in this Burberry trench
These birds copy every word, every inch
But gang gang got the hammer and the wrench (brrr)
I pull up in that quarter milli off the lot
Oh, now she tryna be friends like I forgot
Show off my diamonds like I’m signed by the Roc
Ain’t pushin’ out his babies ’til he buy the rock

Chorus
Ayo, I been on, bitch, you been conned
Bentley tints on, Fendi prints on
I mean I been Storm, X-Men been formed
He keep on dialin’ Nicki like the Prince song
I-I-I been on, bitch, you been conned
Bentley tints on, Fendi prints on
Ayo, I been off, Lara been Croft
Plates say Chun-Li, drop the Benz off

Oh, I get it, they paintin’ me out to be the bad guy
Well when’s the last time you see a bad guy do the rap game like me?

I went and copped the chopsticks
Put it in my bun just to pop shit
I’m always in the top shit
Box seats, bitch, fuck the gossip
How many a’ them coulda did it with finnesse?
Now everybody like, “She really is the best.”
You play checkers, couldn’t beat me playin’ chess
Now I’m about to turn around and beat my chest
Bitch, it’s King Kong, yes, it’s King Kong
Bitch, it’s King Kong, this is King Kong
Chinese ink on, Siamese links on
Call me 2 Chainz, name go ding dong
Bitch, it’s King Kong, yes, I’m King Kong
This is King Kong? Yes, Miss King Kong
In my kingdom wit my Timbs on
How many championships? What? Six rings on

They need rappers like me, they need rappers like me
So they can get on their fucking keyboards and make me the bad guy, Chun-Li

Chorus

I come alive, I, I’m always sky high
Designer thigh highs, it’s my lifestyle
I come alive, I, I’m always sky high
Designer thigh highs, it’s my lifestyle
I need a Mai Tai, so fuckin’ sci-fi
Gimme the password to the fuckin’ wifi

The Queen is back with a magnificent return to form.

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