Hard White - Nicki Minaj



The Experience: I'm the queen... Better than all the rest...


Music video: Nicki Minaj maintains the regal visuals that go along with her album title rather than playing to the skimpy cover art. Hard White sees her in crown and gown, attended by a following of white dusted voodoo zombies. Another series of takes sees pauper girls attending her and despairing of ever being her.

The Meaning of Hard White: Nicki Minaj sits on her throne looking down on the rest of the world. She says she's the best - I'm the queen and the goat and I'm in the pole position and I'm in the dope position and 'bout to cop Neverland. She says the best people can do is knock off her looks and acts - anything that Nicki do you know they knock it off - and derides them for it. She says every man wants her and no one has earned her yet - I still didn't pick a guy I'm the trophy of the game everybody tryna win me. And in a barely veiled jab at Cardi B, Nicki says she's talented enough that she never had to prostitute herself to get ahead  - I ain't never played a h-e's position I ain't ever have to strip to get the pole position. But there's a chink in this queen's armor. Hard White puts her on the throne compared to everyone else... but doesn't explain why she herself deserves to rule. True g.o.a.t.s don't need to compare themselves to others. They stand on their own.

Ask yourself: Do you need to compare yourself to others? Does being better than the rest automatically make you good?

Album: Queen (2018)

LYRICS:


Work hard, just to get half back
(Used to) work hard, just to get half back
(Now I'm) gettin' to it that way
(Straight up, straight up)
I ain't coming through unless the bag straight
(I used to) work hard just to get half back
(Used to) work hard, just to get half back

Ayo, just last week I told 'em to pick a side
I bust shots, don't duck if it don't apply
Bae out in Paris, he told me to pick a ride
Sike, made you look, I still didn't pick a guy
I'm the trophy of the game, everybody tryna win me
Me, Olivier, Jourdan Dunn, my baby, Winnie
Partying in Paris, these b-tches is embarassed
'Cause they know I'm the queen, I still didn't pick an heiress
Mirror, mirror, who's the fairest?
(You the m-th-rf-cking fairest, Nicki)
What I drop on this watch?
(I don't know, about a hundred-fifty)
I'm who they wishin' to be
These h-es is on the 'Gram, Nicki pitchin' the ki'
'Bout to cop Neverland, Michael up in the tree
You got bars and still broke? You might as well took the plea, uh
Be in the bando or would you rather move weight, Don Pablo? Uh

Work hard, just to get half back
(Used to) work hard, just to get half back
(Now I'm) gettin' to it that way
(Straight up, straight up)
I ain't coming through unless the bag straight
(I used to) work hard just to get half back
(Used to) work hard, just to get half back

Ayo, just last week I told 'em they run done
My legacy could never be undone
I'm a prodigy, R.I.P Thun-Thun
Got these b-tches shook, they shocked, no stun-gun
I'm the billy, billy goat, the goat, the goat's here
Vintage Hermès by Jean Paul Gaultier
Lagerfeld customize my gold chair
I run the point, you b-tches just go cheer
Uh, look at my knockoffs, I told 'em knock it off
Anything that Nicki do, you know they knock it off
Put my crown on again, and I'ma knock it off
Anything with Nicki in it, they gonna pocket off
I mean profit off, my plug drop it off
You see them copyin' my hair, tell 'em, "Chop it off"
Uh, bad gyal with the, top is off
You nuh see him downgrade when mi drop 'em off
Uh, I ain't never played a h-e's position
I ain't ever have to strip to get the pole position
H-es is dissin'? Okay, these h-es is wishin'
You're in no position to come for O's position
I ain't movin' weight, but I'm in the dope position
I ain't movin' weight, but I'm in the dope position

Work hard, just to get half back
(Used to) work hard, just to get half back
(Now I'm) gettin' to it that way
(Straight up, straight up)
I ain't coming through unless the bag straight
(I used to) work hard just to get half back
(Used to) work hard, just to get half back

W-w-w-w-w-work hard
W-w-w-w-w-work hard
J-j-just last week, I told 'em to pick a side
I-I-I bust shots, don't duck if they don't apply



review by Benjamin O'Loughlin

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