INTROSPECTIVE: NICKI MINAJ’s SNL “Chun Li” Performance

Everyone was hype, including myself to see Nicki Minaj dropping not one- but two new singles last month. Both “Chun Li’ and “Barbie Tingz” are refreshing and delivers the detailed, yet delicate grandeur of the Queen’s rhymer. While both singles are doing very well on the charts, Miss Barbie has caught a bit of a stir with some of her bars being assumed as subtle disses against Bronx’s very own Cardi B. It is no secret of the tension between both female rappers since rumours have been flooding social media about the behind-the-scenes beef of Migos’s “Motorsport” music video-which both Minaj and Cardi were featured in. And it only took a moment for the truth to come out that there is some conflict between the MC’s when Nicki had her first interview of the year with Beats One’s Zane Lowe. The explanation somewhere between miscommunication and acknowledgement, Minaj has seen her image in the public eye damaged by the effects of “Motorsport” and Cardi not speaking on her.

 “The only thing with Cardi that really, really, really hurt my feelings was the first interview she did after ‘MotorSport’ came out… With ‘MotorSport,’ I kinda felt ambushed. Up until this recent interview she did, I had never seen her show me genuine love in an interview. And I can just imagine how many girls wished they could be on a song with Nicki Minaj.”

And Minaj’s frustration with Cardi B is apparent specifically with “Chun Li.”

“Oh I get it
They paintin’ me out to be the bad guy
Well it’s the last time you’re gonna see a bad guy do the rap game like me.”

Last night, Minaj performed “Chun Li” on SNL. Besides the aerodynamic sensais and isolating choreography, I found the rapper’s stage presence lacking. Now my perspective could be distorted by the mediocre crowd reception, but even during highlighting moments of synced movement from Minaj and her dancers, Nicki seemed like she was forcing energy to happen. IDK. It was uncomfortable. I will say her second performance was a saving grace though. Giving Atlanta rapper, Playboi Carti some shine, Minaj’s playful and fierce personality came out during “Poke It Out.”  Sporting in a short, blonde bob and tight elastic suit adorned in gold pieces, Minaj with pointed finger took back control of the room- with sharp bars that sound like shots toward Cardi B.

These little musty bitches thinkin’ they can take mine (take mine)
You bitches’ chances lookin’ slimmer than my waistline (waistline)

Man, that shit been over since play time (play time)
Watch flooded, ho, I can’t even FaceTime (FaceTime)
You bitches gotta face time for them hate crimes (hate crimes)

Playboi, Playboi hit me on my FaceTime
With the best feature out the Big Apple since FaceTime

What do you think?

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