Problematic duo Nicki Minaj and Tekashi 6ix9ine are back at it again releasing as promised the appropriately titled “TROLLZ.” The single dropped this morning at midnight (June 12, 2020) alongside a visual, which was filmed in Tekashi’s (real name Daniel Hernandez) home where he is under house arrest.
The track follows Tekashi’s single “GOOBA,” which dropped in early May not long after he won early release from prison due to the threat presented by COVID-19. Minaj (real name Onika Maraj) previously linked with Tekashi on “FEFE,” a song that reached No. 3 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart.
Minaj addressed ongoing criticism of Tekashi being a snitch on Instagram where she drew a line between people committing actual crimes and entertainers. She noted, “I feel like street n****s have every right to feel how they wanna feel about snitching because they lived that life. I feel rappers need to play it easy because everybody mingles and integrates with everybody.
“If a top executive called one of ya’ll rappers, y’all signing. You know, I’m not on the block with 6ix9ine. Me and 6ix9ine is not on the block. We’re in the music business. You rappers is in rooms all the time with people with sketchy pasts, and I’m not judging anybody ’cause I’m not doing that. I have nothing but respect for so many of these people, and I would never fix my face to talk crazy about them.”
Directed by David Wept, the candy-colored colorful visual is attracting a lot of attention because it does nothing to dispel whispers Minaj is pregnant.
Hair was styled by Arrogant Tae with fashion directed by Benjie Carlisle, who put Minaj in a white fur bikini by J Custom NYC, a red ensemble by Zigman and a puffer jacket from the collection of merch released with the video.
As for lyrics, Minaj uses the opportunity to address Usher [Raymond]’s recent claim that she’s a product of Lil Kim (real name Kimberly Jones) with the line: “Somebody usher this n***a into a clinic; My flow’s still sick, I ain’t talkin’ a pandemic.”
She also comes for actress Lisa Raye, who agreed with Usher’s assessment on Minaj. Focusing her laser on Raye, the Queens-born rapper spits, “Dollar, dollar bill, come get her; Even your man know Nickis do it better,” a reference to herself and actress Nicole Murphy, who was accused by Raye of breaking up her marriage with her now ex-husband, Michael Missick.
Ranging in price from $15 for a mask up to a cropped bubble jacket, the merch capsule also includes long-sleeve t-shirts, t-shirts, hoodies, joggers, leggings, cycling shorts, track shorts and socks. A portion of the funds will be donated to The Bail Project, which covers bail for low income individuals. All items are now available to purchase on nickiminajqueen.com.
Check out the visual below: