“Barbie Dreams,” Twitter Goes Wild
Twitter Reacts to “Barbie Dreams,” Nicki Minaj’s New Take-No-Prisoners Diss Track
On Thursday,Apple’s Beats 1 radio was taken over by Nicki Minaj for a special “Queen” radio hour, during which she revealed that, just three hours prior, she had finished her album of the same title. Queen, her first full-length release since 2014’s The Pinkprint, runs 19 tracks and just more than an hour, and it features the likes of Eminem (whom she is not dating), Rae Sremmurd’s Swae Lee, Ariana Grande, Foxy Brown, Future, The Weeknd, Lil Wayne, and Labrinth—but that list is nothing compared to all the name-dropping she does on the album’s third track, “Barbie Dreams.”
“Barbie Dreams” is something of a vintage diss track, saturated with swagger and taking no prisoners—even when those prisoners might be some of Minaj’s own collaborators. (“Em, cop the Barbie dream house then you can play the part/ I ain’t tryin’ to bust it open in a trailer park,” she raps, ostensibly referring to Eminem.) A likely incomplete recap of everyone she references on “Barbie Dreams”:DJ Khaled, Drake, Meek Mill,Karrueche Tran, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Young Thug, 50 Cent, Desiigner, Odell Beckham, Jr., Lil Uzi Vert, YG, Eminem, the Game, Slim Jxmmi, Swae Lee, Fetty Wap.
“I only mentioned people in #BarbieDreams that I fuk wit,” Minaj wrote on Twitter. “This isn’t a diss. Yikes. This is culture, this is BIGGIE!!!!! New York!!!! This is FUN. Light hearted fun FUN.” By “this is BIGGIE,” she’s likely referring to the Notorious B.I.G.’s “Just Playing (Dreams)”—she opens the track murmuring, “R.I.P. to B.I.G.; classic shit.” Minaj, as she frequently does, also reverses the traditional gender dynamic of hip-hop lyrics, offering a boastful catalogue of her romances and flings real and rumored. It prompted pretty much immediate reactions on Twitter—which are probably why Minaj, an avid Twitter user herself, felt the need to chime in—from the likes of peers Dawn Richard and Angel Haze, as well as Minaj’s legions of fans. See a few of the best responses, below.
I only mentioned people in #BarbieDreams that I fuk wit. This isn’t a diss. Yikes. This is culture, this is BIGGIE!!!!! New York!!!! This is FUN. Light hearted fun FUN
— Mrs. Petty (@NICKIMINAJ) August 10, 2018
you did what you had to do @NICKIMINAJ ..🔥
— DAWN (@DawnRichard) August 10, 2018
Three songs in and I hear that old mixtape Nicki Minaj 😍😍😍😍😍😍#Queen
— Bianca Belair (@BiancaBelairWWE) August 10, 2018
BARBIE DREAMS & COCO CHANEL. THE WAIT IS OVER. THE QUEEN BODIEDDDD !!!!! #QueenAlbum @NICKIMINAJ 💕💕💕💕💕💕
— ✭a (@arii) August 10, 2018
“drake worth a hundred milli, always buying me shit, but I don't know if the p*ssy wet or if he cryin & shit
meek still be in my DMs, I be having to duck him
I used to pray for times like this
Face ass when I f*ck him” – barbie dreams
— Brandon Caldwell (@_brandoc) August 10, 2018
Barbie Dreams just gave me all my teenage feels. 💞🤦🏾♀️🔥
— angel haze, barz 4 days (@AngelHaze) August 10, 2018
Why would she snap like that on Barbie Dreams WHYYY pic.twitter.com/Sz9GLQhMLl
— Amiyah Scott (@KingAmiyahScott) August 10, 2018
Source: W Magazine
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