Nicki Minaj Releases New Track “Yikes”

Nicki Minaj is back with her new song "Yikes."

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Nicki Minaj has come through with her new track “Yikes”—despite the ongoing backlash.

The Queen rapper teased the cut via Instagram this week, sharing a snippet that included a Rosa Parks name-drop: "All you bitches Rosa Parks, uh-oh, get your ass up," Nicki was heard rapping on the track.

To no one’s surprise, this particular line sparked outrage across social media, as some listeners perceived the lyrics as disrespectful toward the civil rights icon. Others were convinced that Nicki wasn’t trivializing Park’s legacy, but simply commenting on the current wave of faux activism.

No tf she didn’t say “all you bitches Rosa parks , go get ya ass up” Nicki! during black history month


Rosa Parks Rn in heaven rn after hearing what nicki just said.....

— 💕 (@BarbieDreaming) February 4, 2020

So some people were confused about @NICKIMINAJ Rosa Parks reference bar in #Yikes, others didn’t understand the meaning, and immediately called it “disrespectful.” So I took the liberty to break it down 👀

— HipHop Issues (@hiphop_issues) February 4, 2020

Nicki addressed the controversy in an Instagram story, where she disputed reports about her alleged regrets over the song.

.@NICKIMINAJ confirms that #Yikes is just a promo single and will be released tonight or tomorrow!

— Nicki Minaj Access 🦄 (@AccessMinaj) February 6, 2020

“Had no clue anyone was mad,” she wrote. “Don’t care. #Yikes.”

Nicki also clarified that the song was not a single off upcoming fifth studio album: “It’s not my single, because the single will be launched with the visual,” she said during a Wednesday night Q&A session with her manager Irving Azoff. “This is a setup song with no video. Please don’t kill me, y’all. You guys asked me to put it out—don’t forget!”

Time change again. 3am est. go to bed. 😘

"Yikes" was initially supposed to arrive at midnight but experienced a slight delay. Nicki took to social media to update fans and even retweeted a post that joked about the backlash around her Rosa Parks lyric.

I’m going to bed

The only way you can try to kill my career is to say I beat women ... talk about ya brother convicted of rape and you been knew and paid for his lawyer ... ya little brother touched that lil girl too! You know I know ... you want me to crash with ya boyfriend and I won’t

— MeekMill (@MeekMill) February 5, 2020

You can listen to “Yikes,” produced by Pooh Beatz, via YouTube up top.

The track arrives just days after Nicki got into a heated online exchange with rapper and ex-boyfriend Meek Mill, whom she accused of abuse. Meek denied the allegations before bringing up Nicki’s brother, Jelani Maraj, who was convicted of raping an 11-year-old girl.

You sad you willing to crash your man because you losing now and everybody in the industry know you a bad person! You been knew your brother was raping that little girl that’s why I got away from you!

— MeekMill (@MeekMill) February 5, 2020

Nicki addressed the feud during her sit-down with Azoff, saying she regretted how she handled the situation.

“I got hacked this morning, guys. Don’t believe anything you saw,” Nicki jokingly said. “Listen, it never fails. Every time I do it, five minutes later, I'm like, why the fuck did I? Every single time. But it's a good lesson in knowing how to master your anger and emotions. So, every time I do that, I like give myself a talking to in my head, like, ‘OK, you played yourself, you shouldn't have did that. You learned your lesson again.’”

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