The queen of rap has returned. After a short Twitter hiatus and the birth of her new son (whom she affectionately calls Papa Bear), Nicki Minaj has finally come back to release a new project — sort of. She put up her first mixtape Beam Me Up Scotty on streaming services for the first time, and as the cherry on top it comes with three new songs: “Fractions,” “Crocodile Teeth (Remix),” and “Seeing Green” featuring Drake and Lil Wayne, bringing the Young Money crew together for the first time in nearly three years.
To announce it all, the rap legend herself hopped on a quick Instagram Live where she updated the Barbz on everything from the details around her new release, to Papa Bear, and her actual next new album. And because they both love the drama, Drake even hopped on the call for the last five minutes to congratulate her on the re-release and send his love.
Below, here’s everything that went down on her Instagram Live.
As we mentioned above, the re-release of Beam Me Up Scotty arrived with three new tracks. On her Live, Minaj added more context to the songs. She revealed “Fractions” was made on an old Jay-Z beat, and announced that original song “Seeing Green” would see the Young Money crew reunite again.
“Fractions,” has caused some on social media to point out one troubling bar that seems to be referencing her husband’s accuser. “Ayo, I’m the one who run the city where they armed and vicious/ Accusations on them blogs and they all fictitious,” she raps at the top of her verse. One Twitter user wrote in response, “I just can’t imagine ruining my empire/legacy for an abusive man.”
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Ms. Petty also provided some updates on her forthcoming album, but only to say that she’s still working on it, and that it’s “coming soon,” along with her six-part docuseries with HBO Max.
She revealed that she’d been suffering some writer’s block while working on the album. It wasn’t until Drake sent her the beat to “Seeing Green” that her creative flow was reignited. “He single handedly got me out of my writer’s block,” she said.
DRAKE & NICKI REUNITE
Speaking of the Champagne Papi, Drake joined Nicki for the last five minutes of her IG live. He called in from a random street and congratulated her on the re-release and urged her to return to music. “I love you with all my heart and I’m glad that you got in your bag for this re-release, but you know what time it is now,” he said.
Nicki shared her own praise of the Toronto rapper, continuing their long-lived “will they or won’t they vibe,” by calling him a “f*cking genius as a musical artist but also as a human.”
For the layperson, an Instagram follow may not mean much. But for celebrities — particularly those of the musical variety — an Instagram follow can sometimes mean so much more. When two artists follow each other out of seemingly nowhere, it often means they are gearing up for a future collaboration. So naturally, the internet has been set ablaze ever since word got out that Nicki Minaj and Rihanna recently followed each other on Instagram.
Could it be a new hit single on the horizon?
For Rihanna fans, this would be big news, as the once chart-topping artist has seemingly abandoned music for greener pastures in the lingerie, fashion, and beauty space. The Barbadan queen hasn’t released a new solo single since shaking the world with her career-best album Anti in 2016 and hasn’t offered a feature since 2017, when she appeared on Future’s “Selfish,” DJ Khaled’s “Wild Thoughts,” and Kendrick Lamar’s “Loyalty” in quick succession.
On the other hand, Nicki Minaj has kept her fans sated in recent years: Though the rapper’s last album, Queen, came out in 2018, she has dropped a slew of one-off singles including the instantly iconic hits “Megatron” in 2019 and “Yikes” in 2020. She has also offered guest verses to some of the past years’ most memorable tracks, including Karol G’s “Tusa,” Ty Dolla $ign’s “Expensive,” Megan Thee Stallion’s “Hot Girl Summer,” and, of course, the chart-topping “Say So” remix with Doja Cat.
Nevertheless, can anything compare to a collab with Rihanna?
I’ll save you the time of thinking — the answer is no.
Of course, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj are no stranger to collaborations. All the way back in 2010, Nicki Minaj appeared on Miss Robyn Fenty’s Loud single “Raining Men.” And just a few weeks later, Rihanna returned the favor by hopping onto Minaj’s Pink Friday track “Fly.”
Maybe 2021 is the year they finally try to recapture that 2010s magic?
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. There’s always the possibility that, in the case of Rihanna vs. Nicki Minaj, a follow is just that: a follow. Maybe these old friends finally chose to make it Instagram official? Maybe they’re getting together for something else, entirely non-music-related? Who can ever know? But for the sake of my inner-Barb-x-Navy heart, I’m holding out hope.
Give me the music!