(AllHipHop News) Overnight, Nicki Minaj took to Instagram to preview a new song tentatively titled “Yikes.” One line from the 51-second snippet has garnered a lot of attention online.
“All you b*tches Rosa Parks, uh oh, get your ass up,” raps Nicki in the video. The reference to the Civil Rights Movement icon caused a lot of commotion on Twitter with different users expressing that the lyric was either funny, confusing, complimentary, or disrespectful.
— Mrs. Petty (@NICKIMINAJ) February 4, 2020
This is not the first time Minaj found herself dealing with controversy about her art being connected to a historic African-American figure. In 2014, the family of Malcolm X took issue with the rapper using a photo of the legendary activist looking out the window holding a gun for the artwork of her “Looking Ass N*gga” single.
Nicki could also hear from representatives of Rosa Parks in the near future. Back in 1999, Atlanta rap duo OutKast and their label were sued for using Parks’ name as the title of a track off the group’s Aquemini album. The lawsuit was eventually settled in 2005.
Today is February 4th.
Rosa Parks would have been 107 years old if she was still living to see her birthday today.
Y'all go remind Nicki Minaj that.
Quick history lesson: She never got up, she stayed seated.
The lyric makes no sense.pic.twitter.com/NMpqAo0BoJ
— Ernest Owens (@MrErnestOwens) February 4, 2020
Nicki Minaj consistently disrespects Foundational Black American icons in her raps and cover art, like Malcolm X and now Rosa Parks, because as a Trinidadian, she doesn’t identify with our FBA lineage. She would never say anything disrespectful about Trinidadian icons
— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) February 4, 2020
Aretha Franklin watching Rosa Parks go off in heaven cause she had already told Rosa bout nicki disrespect … https://t.co/CRB4vLq1Ta
— Pretty Nyla 🌻😍🥳 (@BarbieDreaming) February 4, 2020
*when nicki enters heaven* #yikes
Rosa Parks: What you been saying?
Harriet Tubman: Yeah b####?
— LaQuarn Lewis (@LaquarnLewis) February 4, 2020
— Sade' (@SadeIsaiah_) February 4, 2020
— tremain (@imtremainhaynes) February 4, 2020
— kha (@TWICELUST) February 4, 2020
Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman when they catch Nicki in heaven pic.twitter.com/vH6umJZV1U
— 1 of 1 (@TheboyCJ_) February 4, 2020