Nicki Minaj Comes Out of Retirement for 'Yikes'

A last minute addition to incorporate her latest feud

February 7, 2020

In September, Nicki Minaj announced her retirement, citing a desire to have a family. “I know you guys are happy now. To my fans, keep reppin me, do it til da death of me,” she wrote a month before officially announcing her marriage to Kenneth Petty. We always knew she would return, and should have known she would come back firing.

Minaj flexes hard on “Yikes,” her first song back since her marriage and first song since 2019’s “MEGATRON.” It’s the exclamation point on the end of a chaotic week for the GRAMMY-nominated rapper that started with backlash over a lyric about Rosa Parks and ended with a very public feud with ex-boyfriend Meek Mill. Both are a part of “Yikes,” with sources claiming that the song was delayed to add fresh jabs at Meek.

“You a clown, you do it for likes,” is a direct line ripped from the IG story of Minaj, a shot fired at Meek Mill who she has been publicly fighting with over the past few days. Minaj has been using her social channels to blast the “Dreams and Nightmares” rapper after alleging physical abuse during their time together.

A snippet of the song and new allegations have been Nicki Minaj’s first posts since going silent on socials 3 months ago. Minaj has stated that “Yikes” is not the lead single to her upcoming album, but rather a promotional release on her way to the new LP. Nicki last released Queen in 2018.

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