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Nicki Minaj f/ Soulja Boy “Yasss Bish”

A natural follow-up to her edgy “Chi-Raq” freestyle, Nicki keeps the going back to her roots trend going with this Soulja Boy-produced and featured “Yasss Bish”. I’m not really feelin’ her high-pitched pronunciation of the last word of each line, but at least she switches it up halfway through the first verse. Depending if Soulja’s repetitive style suits you, his chorus will either be a hit or turn you away from the song altogether. For me, it’s unfortunately the latter.

However, what does make me smile: all of the NBA name-drops in Nicki’s second verse, including this timely one that kicks off a catchier, faster flow:

I don’t fuck wit you n****z, I own the Clippers..

But moreso,

I am the Dream, on the Dream Team, I am Olajuwon, I am Hakeem. Abdul-Jabaar. I am Kareem. I am the queen because I am the machine.

I couldn’t help but do a double take and rewind this part because Nicki Minaj clearly doesn’t know who was on the Dream Team. Haaaa! And because I’m an NBA nerd, I’d like to think she’s referencing Sasha “The Machine” Vujacic, but she’s definitely not.

Later on, Nicki raps she’s dropping her single in two weeks. Confirming that this is just a warm-up track for that, a la “Chi-Raq”. Alas, listen below.