Less than 10 minutes into Nicki Minaj's new album Queen, out today, the familiar sounds of Biggie's Ready to Die cut "Just Playing (Dreams)" give way to a playful, script-flipping jab at a multitude of male artists.
As Lil' Kim did back in 1996, Nicki's "Barbie Dreams" cleverly puts men at the center of objectivity. Minaj's take, however, eschews R&B in favor of (mostly) modern rap artists ranging from Lil Uzi Vert (whom she jokes "took it literally" when she told him to "go to Hell') to Drake ("I don't know if the pussy wetter or if he cryin' and shit"). Even Meek Mill takes a hit for, according to Minaj, still trying to land in her DMs.
Naturally, the track—perhaps more than any other on Minaj's new 19-track album, her first in four years—has been met with a tidal wave of reactions. Minaj, ideally, will be following the Queen drop with a "Barbie Dreams" video a la Charli XCX's "Boys." Keep the script flipped.
Nicki wants to make it clear that the song is all in good fun.
On Beats 1 she said, “You guys know ‘Barbie Dreams’ is not a diss, right? It’s just some funny shit. I love them. I said things about people who I know can take a joke and won’t be emotional about it.”
Below, we pointed out a few tweets from fans. Enjoy.