Nicki Minaj and Eminem’s alter egos , Roman Zolanski and Slim Shady, are not known for their restraint. On Minaj’s much-buzzed about Pink Friday collabo with Em, “Roman’s Revenge,” both MCs demonstrate how bonkers they can get, trading outrageous bars packed with lyrical fury.
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 intensity 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, vanquishing 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.
“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, charging onto the track with more of the unsettling witticisms typical of his deranged, and sometimes violent, Shady persona. Em continues to bug out, calling life a “dumb, blonde 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, a newly minted character the Young Money Barbie said would be introduced on Friday.
When Minaj revealed to MTV News during her “RapFix Live” interview that she, or more accurately, her rambunctious British alter ego, Roman, would be going bar-for-bar with one of hip-hop’s legendary personas, fans knew the resulting track would be an instant must-hear. However, the lyricist said the collaboration took a while to come to fruition.
“We went out on a whim and put it in the air like, ‘It’d be great if he would collaborate with us,’ ” Minaj said.”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.”
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