As promised, Nicki Minaj took to Instagram Live late last night (May 13, 2021) where she revealed the relaunch of her iconic 2009 “Beam Me Up Scotty” mixtape on all streaming platforms. First released in April 2009. the updated mixtape is refreshed with “Seeing Green,” featuring her Young Money-era partners in crime, Drake (real name Aubrey Graham) and Lil Wayne (real name Dwayne Carter).
The mixtape has also been updated with new single “Fractions” plus a remix of St. Thomas-born reggae artist Skillibeng’s 2020 single “Crocodile Teeth.” Minaj was styled by DiAndre Tristan and her hair was handled by Arrogant Tae.
While Drake and Minaj’s relationship has gone through its ups and downs, he joined the second-half of Trinidadian-born Onika Maraj’s Instagram Live and affirmed his appreciation for her importance as a music creative. “You know I had some real heart to hearts with you lately just about the fact that it’s like, it’s just your world and no one does this shit better than you. And it’s like, when you’re gone, obviously Papa Bear is here now so we understand the priorities, but when you’re gone, I’m not going to lie, I’m trying to speak for everyone in the live, we really miss you. We really miss your presence. We miss the bars. We miss the excitement that you bring.”
Minaj went on to credit Drake with helping to draw her out of a temporary writer’s block by sending her the single “Seeing Green” and also providing her with “pep talks” via text inspiring her competitive spirit.
In addition to the Instagram Live session, Minaj uploaded a lengthy note to the Barbz on nickiminajofficial.com, where she addressing some recent items. Speaking on the birth of her son who she refers to as Papa Bear, Minaj wrote, “I’ve also been completely overwhelmed with joy & fulfillment in the world of Papa Bear. Each day creates a new & fascinating, magical memory that I hide far away into a little cute compartment of my heart; vowing never to forget any of it. Like. He’s just a cute liddo marshmallow. I can’t take it.”
She also addressed the death of her father, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Long Island in February 2021. In the note, Minaj described his passing as “devastating,” adding “I can’t really bring myself to discuss the passing of my father as yet. I can say it has been the most devastating loss of my life.”
Speaking to Earl “DMX” Simmons’ unanticipated death last month, Minaj noted, “Losing him felt like losing someone I grew up with. I adored him. Blessings to his family.”
Check out “Seeing Green” below along with Minaj’s entire Instagram Live call.