Nicki Minaj Diss On Barbie Dreams – After a series of rollout delays, Nicki Minaj dropped her long-anticipated fourth album, Queen, on Friday. Paired with a track-by-track commentary broadcast on Apple’s Beats 1 Radio and a hefty social media campaign (bolstered by her ever-enthusiastic army of Barbz), Nicki and her team did everything in their power to make the album release feel like an event.
Nothing, though, will likely be as successful at driving immediate interest as the third song on the album, “Barbie Dreams.” “Reading the reactions to Barbie Dreams is fucking hilarious,” Nicki said as soon as the song was released. “Everyone is saying how disrespectful ‘Barbie Dreams’ is, and that’s why I fucking love it.”
The track is an old-school diss song in which Nicki lightheartedly takes on seemingly every rapper at once. “Barbie Dreams” nods to the Notorious B.I.G.’s “Just Playing (Dreams)” — “Shout out to the Notorious B.I.G., R.I.P.,” Nicki said during her broadcast, “you are still inspiring rappers every day” — and an ascendant 50 Cent, but it comes with a twist: Nicki calls out every rapper that’s tried to sleep with her throughout her career. The results are clever and often surprising. She called out Drake, DJ Khaled, Meek Mill, Lil Uzi Vert, Eminem, 50 Cent, Young Thug, YG and the Game, 6ix9ine, Odell Beckam, & Desiigner.