FADER's first cover star Funkmaster Flex caught Nicki Minaj in a moment of fire, debuting this verse aimed towards Lil Kim at fight-time on Saturday evening in New York. The snippet, for the sake of ease now called "Tragedy," is likely a part of a track produced by Boi-1da and Hit Boy to be included on Wayne's soon-coming Carter IV.
Minaj calls out how awful it must be to be in the game 15, 20 years and then have to sell your album on PayPal, how much it must hurt to fall from magic to raaaaaaaaaaaageddyyyyy. Also shouts out Vybz and Mavado's longstanding Gully/Gaza beef? Her take-down wouldn't be so mean if it weren't true. We thought Minaj was done kicking down-already Kim in November of last year, when she talked at length with Angie Martinez about her career's extreme trajectory and her complicated relationship with her fallen idol. Speaking on rumors that "Romans Revenge" was a Kim diss, Minaj said:
"She just really jumped out the window and you gotta be careful when you pick fights. And that's what I've learned in this business, you just never know. I think people get me mistaken with like, a real barbie. They forget where I'm from, and if I have to revert back, I can. And I will. So don't play with me. It's one of those moments when you say—don't play with me. I respect you, I love you. I've said it in every interview, time and time again. And if that's not good enough with you mama, then its something deep rotted in you. You need to get your, something is bothering you inside, that's your insecurity, bothering you."
We hope Minaj's bent, dragged out raaaaaaaaaaaageddyyyy will serve as mantra this summer for any young or old man/woman who needs to purge any doubt and uncertainty that's vexing them. Hear "Tragedy," plus a long excerpt on Nicki's interview with Angie last year and Minaj's devastating siren sound "Shitted On Em," below.
Download: Nicki Minaj, "Tragedy"