Nicki Minaj Drops ‘Freedom’: What’s the New Track About?

'Nicki Minaj: My Truth'
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Just a little over two years ago, Nicki Minaj was a barely known raptress on the rise. But since the release of her now certified platinum debut album, Pink Friday, the Young Money artist has shot to superstardom — with chart-topping LPs, best-selling singles and a coveted judging gig on hit singing competition, American Idol.

Now Minaj is recounting her rise to fame in “Freedom,” a track off her upcoming album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded — The Re-Up album, which hits stores on Nov. 19.  “Don’t never thank me for opening doors/ But they ain’t even thank Jesus when he died on the cross,” Minaj raps at the open of the song. “‘Cause your spirit is ungrateful, b*tches is so hateful, I remain a staple/ My career’s been the pink print/ When I retire tell ‘em think pink/ Pink Friday is the imprint/ And these b*tches basic, instinct.”

Though it’s a bit of bragging, Minaj’s first lines are a not-so-subtle reminder — to her fans and detractors alike — that she’s made a mark in history.

“I open the song by saying, ‘Don’t never thank me for opening doors,’ only because I feel like people purposely don’t see the strides I’ve made for hip hop and for Black women in general,” Minaj says in the first installment of her three-part E! series, Nicki Minaj: My Truth. “I feel like I’m an easy person for people to ridicule and tear apart.”

“Freedom is accepting all of that [and] knowing that you may never know who all these people are, but as long as you know who you are, that’s freedom,” the American Idol judge explains, adding that the track let her “write about all the things I’m juggling.”

After listing her many successes in the lyrics, from her illustrious international musical career to her very own perfume, Pink Friday, Minaj sings: “I feel free. I feel freedom. Why they mad? You should see them, burning up. ‘Cause it’s crazy in here, crazy in here, crazy in here.”
For the song’s full lyrics, go to Direct Lyrics.

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