"I'm dragging these hoes like Harambe did the kid," Nicki Minaj raps

By Joey Nolfi
September 05, 2016 11:45 AM
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This article originally appeared on EW.com.

Nicki Minaj has released a new song, “The Pinkprint Freestyle” – and name-checks the Cincinnati Zoo‘s late gorilla Harambe in one of the verses.

Minaj begins the six-minute track by shouting out fellow rapper Lil Wayne before launching into the bass-heavy hip-hop jam’s quick-fire verses.

“It’s the female Jay,” Minaj raps. “I’m a brand according to what retail say. Yeah, my tours be selling out on presale day, plus I got the title ‘Queen,’ press replay.”

She continues: “I’m dragging these hoes like Harambe did the kid. Shut the club down, it was poppin’ and we slid.” (Harambe did not actually drag the child who fell into his enclosure.)

The song abruptly shifts gears toward the end, closing with a dancehall-leaning sound after Minaj spits the chorus to M.I.A.’s hit single “Paper Planes” in her signature affected British accent.

The artist took to Twitter on Sunday to announce the track’s release, teasing the news via the social media platform by posting several cryptic messages ahead of the song’s reveal.

“Hmmmm… *thinks* – should I?” the rapper, 33, wrote before reteweeting posts from several fans who encouraged her to spill the beans on her big secret.

Minaj’s last album, 2014’s The Pinkprint, spawned several successful singles, including “Only,” “Anaconda,” and “Truffle Butter,” despite selling significantly less than her previous studio efforts.

Ariana Grande (left) and Nicki Minaj
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Most recently, Minaj appeared in pop singer Ariana Grande‘s new music video for “Side to Side” from the latter’s third studio album, Dangerous Woman. The pair also performed the track at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards ceremony in August.

In addition to her music endeavors, Minaj had a small role in the 2016 comedy Barbershop: The Next Cut, which grossed $54 million at the domestic box office.

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