By Hillary Crosley with additional reporting by Sway Calloway and Mawuse Ziegbe
Recently, Busta Rhymes gave props to Nicki Minaj for “bringing character back to the game.” Today, with the leak of her Pink Friday track “Roman’s Revenge,” the Nickster proved the LONS veteran right and even referenced him through her voracious character Roman Zolanski.
Nicki Minaj broke the news of her Eminem collaboration on our own “RapFix Live,” explaining that she’d recorded a song with the often-violent Slim Shady and today (October 31) “Roman’s Revenge” hit the web.
“We went out on a whim and put it in the air like, ‘It’d be great if he would collaborate with us,’ ” Minaj told Sway. “I remember I kept talking about it, and I thought, ‘It can’t hurt.’ I sent him one record, and he didn’t love it. He didn’t say, ‘I don’t love it’; he just said, ‘Can you send me something that’s a little more me?’ I sent him an e-mail and thanked him for that, just having enough respect. Sometimes people don’t respond. He had the respect, at least, to treat me like a peer.”
To say that “Roman’s Revenge” is nutty would be an understatement, but to ignore it’s creativity would be detrimental. However if you watched “RapFix Live” today, or on Thursday when it streamed live here and MTV.com, then you’ve probably already memorized Nicki’s lines, which are embedded above if you need a bit more practice. *makes a Nicki face*
As for “Roman’s Revenge,” the track opens with ominous strings and the weighty knock of the drums and bass line, establishing the beat’s dark, intense energy. Minaj kicks off the lyrical pace with, “I am not Jasmine, I am Aladdin/ So far ahead, these bums is laggin’/ See me in that new thing, bums is gaggin,’/ I’m startin’ to feel like a dungeon dragon.”
The Young Money spitter continues, attacking her haters with bars such as “I’m a bad bitch, I’m a cu–/ And I’ll kick that ho, punt/ Forced trauma, blunt/ You play the back, bitch, I’m in the front.” Minaj gruffly barks out the chorus, “Ruh, ruh, like a dungeon dragon,” and then Shady joins in.
Em charges onto the track, delivering more of the unsettling witticisms typical of his deranged Shady persona.
“You don’t like it then peel off, bitch/ Every last woman on earth I’ll kill off, and I still wouldn’t f— you, slut/ So wipe the smile on your grill off/ I swear to God I’ll piss a Happy Meal off,” he spits. Em continues to bug out, calling life a “dumb, blond white broad” who he eventually ties up and urinates on.
Minaj jumps back in with more incisive lyrics, including a few lines that could be construed as a dig at Brooklyn femcee Lil’ Kim, who publicly took issue with the Young Money diva earlier this year.
“Word, that bitch mad ’cause I took the spot? Well, bitch, if you ain’t sh——, then get off the pot/ Got some n—– out in Brooklyn that’ll off your top,” Minaj rhymes.
MTV News’ Hottest MC takes his second verse to denounce critics of his comeback, spitting, “Yeah, look who’s back again, bitch/ Keep actin’ as if/ You have the same passion that I have.” After proclaiming he’s more “hungry” than rap foes who’ve “had gastric bypass,” Em challenges haters to take some risks.
“Go take a flyin’ leap of faith off a f—— balcony,” he spits. “[Before] I shove a falcon wing up your fly ass.”
Minaj closes the track by invoking Roman’s horrified mother, Martha, whom she named right on our own “RapFix Live” couch. Mrs. Martha, a newly minted character, will be further introduced on Pink Friday.
Here’s the track list for Pink Friday, which is slated to hit stores November 22.
1. I’m The Best
2. Roman’s Revenge (featuring Eminem)
3. Did It On ‘Em
4. Right Thru Me
5. Fly (featuring Rihanna)
6. Save Me
7. Moment 4 Life (featuring Drake)
8. Check It Out (featuring will.i.am)
9. Blazin (featuring Kanye West)
10. Here I Am
11. Dear Old Nicki
12. Your Love
13. Last Chance (featuring Natasha Bedingfield)
14. Super Bass
15. Blow Ya Mind
17. Girls Fall Like Dominoes [Bonus Track]
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