Nicki Minaj says Melania Trump “seems nice” after ruthlessly bashing her in rap
After dropping some choice words about the Republican presidential candidate’s wife Saturday night, Nicki Minaj said Melania Trump “seems nice,” and that her intention wasn’t to slam the 46-year-old former model. It was during a Tidal X 1015 concert in Brooklyn, New York Saturday night that Minaj rapped some mean verses about Melania, comparing her to Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama in a less than flattering light. The verse emphasized the election cycle’s importance of having an equally strong and intelligent partner when navigating office, and unsurprisingly, the outspoken 33-year-old Queens-born rapper had less than pleasant feelings about the Trump family, both as a power couple and a political force.
However, after Minaj freely served Melania up with her signature roast stylings, she quickly shut down the internet’s whispers about her shade towards Melania, stating that her intention wasn’t to blast the presidential candidate’s wife, but rather to emphasize the importance of a good partner when navigating the public eye. The natural subtext is that Minaj doesn’t think Trump’s smoothly navigating the public eye. Given Donald Trump’s sexual assault allegations and public history of sexist comments and policies, which directly contrast with Minaj’s pattern of shutting down sexism, her shade towards Melania is of little surprise.
It does say something of Minaj’s integrity that she still took care to state that her verse wasn’t meant personally towards Melania.
The political verse Minaj sang on Saturday night went like this:
“Cause you n—as are so fucking weak, ya’ll got the audacity to be intimidated by a bad motherfucking queen and get your motherfucking feelings hurt. But it’s O motherfucking K, ’cause Barack needed a Michelle, bitch, and Bill needed a motherfucking Hillary, bitch. You better pray to God you don’t get stuck with a motherfucking Melania.
To be fair, it’s not off base for people to interpret this as a straight-up drag of Melania, but also, does anyone truly want to die on this hill? What’s the point of rapping about one of the theatrical election cycles in modern history, if you can’t get some good jabs in about the potential first lady? After all, Melania is the woman who seemingly plagiarized Michelle Obama during her speech at the Republican National Convention, and she remains married to Donald, a man who talks freely about building a wall across the Mexico border. Getting roasted in a rap verse is the least of Melania’s problems — so roast on Minaj, roast on.