Once Nicki Minaj released her fourth studio album Queen (Aug. 10), listeners carved out time to dissect to her 19-track offering. From a slew of tweets, it was clear to see that the head Barb-in-charge wasted no time by track three, titled “Barbie Dreams,” where she name-dropped the who’s who of today’s entertainment and rap industry.
Young Thug, Lil Uzi Vert, Drake, Desiigner, and others were the objects of Minaj’s lyrical aim and even Meek Mill, who was romantically linked to Minaj in 2017 was also a target. “Meek still be in my DMs/I be having to duck him/ ‘I used to pray for times like this’/ Face a** when I f**k him,” she raps.
Once the melody, that’s an interpretation of Biggie Smalls‘ 1994 song “Just Playing (Dreams),” became increasingly popular, Minaj decided to clear the air and said on her Queen Radio show on Beats 1, “You guys know ‘Barbie Dreams’ is not a diss, right? It’s just some funny sh*t. I love them. I said things about people who I know can take a joke and won’t be emotional about it.”
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
— Chun-Li (@NICKIMINAJ) August 10, 2018
Read some of the lyrics and the names that were the targets of Minaj’s words, plus reactions from Twitter users.
“I tried to f**k 50 for a powerful hour/But all the ni**a wanna do is talk Power for hours”
“Somebody go and make sure Karrueche okay though/I heard she think I’m tryna give the coochie to Quavo”
“Drake worth a hundred milli, always buying me sh*t/But I don’t know if the pussy wet or if he’s crying and sh*t”
“Meek still be in my DMs/I be having to duck him/ ‘I used to pray for times like this’/ Face a** when I f**k him”
Lil Uzi Vert
“Man, Uzi is my baby, he ain’t takin’ an L/ But he took it literally when I said ‘Go to hell'”
“Used to f**k with Young Thug, I ain’t addressing this sh*t/I caught him in my dressing rooms stealing dresses and sh*t”
“I remember when I used to have a crush on Special Ed/ Shoutout Desiigner, ’cause he made it out of special ed
Odell Beckham Jr.
“And I would’ve had that Odell Beckham banging the cake/ Til I saw him hopping out of cars dancing to Drake”
“Had to cancel DJ Khaled, boy, we ain’t speaking/ Ain’t no fat ni**a telling me what he ain’t eating”
“Tekashi want a menage, I said tre-way/Curved him and went the Kim and Kanye way”
“Em, cop the Barbie Dreamhouse then you can play the part/ I ain’t tryna bust it open in the trailer park”
The end of Barbie Dreams rly almost took me outta here. #QueenRadio
— ॐ Melony ❥ (@xMelCole) August 10, 2018
Barbie Dreams is brilliant….in the truest spirit of BIG’s classic. Well played @NICKIMINAJ
— Geespin (@geespin) August 10, 2018
the last minute of barbie dreams… yes MA’AM! pic.twitter.com/i9Ic5r1stt
— SPYING (@ssp_yl) August 10, 2018
Barbie dreams got me feeling like I’m listening to mixtape Nicki
— bae. (@bahjarodriguez) 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
YOOO NOBODY WAS SAFE ON BARBIE DREAMS
— MAJESTY (@KxnqMasiyah) August 10, 2018
— lizz (@LaChapa209) August 10, 2018
BARBIE DREAMS IS DEFINITELY GONNA GO DOWN IN HISTORY!
— daddy. (@THEEguy_) August 10, 2018
Nicki just shut the summer down with Barbie Dreams ok.
— the life of faith✨ (@ilovefaithxo) August 10, 2018
I almost threw this damn album in the trash until i got to song 3 okay sis sound like we got the old Nicki on Barbie Dreams
— $lim. (@_princessaIIi) August 10, 2018