Nicki Minaj Bibliography Lyrics

"Champion" is a song by American rapper and singer Nicki Minaj, taken from her second studio album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012). The song features additional vocals from hip hop artists Drake, Nas, and Young Jeezy. "Champion" was written by Minaj, Aubrey Graham, Jay Jenkins, and Nasir Jones, while the production and additional writing was handled by Pink Friday (2010) collaborators T-Minus and Nikhil Seetharam. Musically, "Champion" is a downtempohardcore hip hopballad that also incorporates elements of R&B, new-age, and space music. The lyrics speak of each artist's rise to fame, as well as the trials and tribulations that it carries; it references the death of Minaj's cousin, Nicholas Telemaque, who was murdered near his Brooklyn home on July 3, 2011.

"Champion" garnered praise from music critics, with the majority declaring it a stand-out track. The song is notable for the return of Minaj's original low-key sound, as well as her tame "gimmick-free" delivery as opposed to her eccentric "Roman" songs. Critics generally praised the song for its serious tone and introspective nature. Minaj performed the song live for the first time on 106 & Park on April 3, 2012, along with "Beez in the Trap", and "Roman Reloaded".


"Champion" was written by Minaj, along with T-Minus, Nikhil S., Drake, Young Jeezy, and Nas, with production handled by T-Minus and Nikhil S., who had previously worked with Minaj on her debut studio album Pink Friday (2010). Minaj had wanted several artists to appear on the song, including fellow New York rapper Nas. She had stated that she did not think that she could get Nas on the song, saying "He's always been so exclusive. He doesn't work with everybody and I respect people that are like that. They take pride in their craft." Minaj told Vibe, "I keep saying to be from Queens and to end up having him... We know how picky he is [for features]. He said 'I like the song, I'm a do it, you can wait 'til Monday and I got you' and he kept his word. He murked it, for me to wait for a feature and it be that and murk the song and finish the song that way... I was amazed." After hearing the song, Nas agreed to be on the track, and sent his verse back to Minaj the following Monday.[1] After collaborating, Nas said that he had fallen in love with the song: "Nicki hit us up, I got love, so it was nothin'--I did the record....If I feel it, I can get on it. I heard the track. I felt it. I loved it."[2] Another artist Minaj wanted on "Champion" was long-time idol and fellow female rapper Lauryn Hill. "I wanted to get her on 'Champion'... That would have been crazy, right? She was my fave. [...] Lauryn to me is the goddess. I'd love to meet her. I'm pretty sure she's heard me talk about her a billion times." Although Minaj vouched for Hill to appear on the track, plans were never finalized and the collaboration ultimately fell through.[3][4][5]

Recording of "Champion" took place at Conway Studios, in Los Angeles, California, as well as Jungle City Studios in New York City, New York. Mixing was handled by Jon Sher and Noel Cadastre at Conway Studios.[6] Minaj was unsure if he would accept her offer to be featured on "Champion", but after sending him the song, Nas replied back with his verse via e-mail.[1] On March 28, 2012, "Champion" leaked onto the internet six days ahead of its official release. In the following hours after the leak of "Champion", the contents of the entire album were leaked online.[7] On May 24, 2012, a poll was posted on Minaj's official website asking fans to choose the next single(s). The poll was divided into three categories. The second category prompted fans to choose between "Champion", "HOV Lane", and "I Am Your Leader". "Champion" had the most votes and won the poll. "HOV Lane" came in second place and "I Am Your Leader" came in third.[8]


"Champion" is a relatively slow-paced, retrospective downtempoballad that draws heavily from hardcore hip hop.[9][10][11] It is also influenced by other genres, such as R&B, new-age, and space music.[12][13][14] The "anthemic" and "inspiring" song features a low-key, woozy, and snaky production,[11][12][15] accompanied by prominent military-style drums, heavy synths, and rough, hard strewn beats.[9][12] "Champion" has been described as one of the few songs that Minaj's delivery is "calm and collected" as opposed to her eccentric "Roman" tracks.[16] The rise to fame, the trials and tribulations that ensue, and celebration are prominent themes that are discussed in the lyrics.[7][17] Minaj also makes reference to her deceased cousin, Nicholas Telemaque, who was shot and killed near his Brooklyn home on July 3, 2011, in the line "'Cause they killed my little cousin, Nicholas/ But my memories only have happy images."[18][19] Multiple critics felt the lyrical content of "Champion" was the most sincere on the album. Lewis Corner of Digital Spy called them "genuinely heartbreaking", and Alex Macpherson of Fact described them as "undeniably moving".[19][20]

Critical reception[edit]

"Champion" was met with critical acclaim by music critics, with many calling it an album highlight.[15][21][22] Andrew Hampp of Billboard gave the track a positive review, stating Minaj "Sheds light in her journey from struggle to success."[23] While reviewing the album, Jody Rosen of Rolling Stone declared the song "beamingly triumphant".[24] Global Grind reviewer Brittany Lewis gave the song a very positive review, saying :"This retrospective track explores Nicki's more serious side and details the trials and tribulations of Nicki's now solidified success", and later went on to say that "Champion" will make the listener evaluate their own life.[17] Both the reviewer from The Washington Post and Mesfin Fekadu of the San Francisco Chronicle gave the song a positive review, calling it "top-notch".[21][22] Adam Graham of The Detroit News said the song would please fans of early Minaj, while going on to praise her rap-heavy delivery.[12] Trent Fitzgerald of Popcrush was positive towards "Champion", calling it the "biggest" song on the album, as well as a noting its potential commercial success.[7] "Champion" was labeled as the most impressive hardcore hip hop song on the album, as well as being "anthemic" by Andy Gill of The Independent.[11] In his review of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, 'Nathan S of DJ Booth said: "It has to be said that 'Champion', featuring an excellent Nas verse, is one of Nicki's most engaging tracks in memory, precisely because she drops the posturing and fame-hunting. It's proof that behind all the acting is a legitimately talented artist."[25] Although, not all reviews were positive. Matthew Cole of Slant Magazine criticized the vocalist's performance of the verses, claiming they were "incapable".[26] Randall Roberts of the Los Angeles Times gave the song a mixed review, highlighting Nas' verse, while mildly criticizing Minaj's.[27]Entertainment Weekly named it one of the best songs on the album along with "I Am Your Leader".[28]XXL Magazine stated that "Though many of the early songs [on the album] lack real substance, the records remain generally exciting - 'I Am Your Leader', alongside Rick Ross and Cam'ron, 'Beez in the Trap' with 2 Chainz, and the triumphant 'Champion' featuring Nas, Drake and Young Jeezy are all memorable moments."[29]

Live performances[edit]

Minaj performed "Champion" for the first time on 106 & Park on April 3, 2012, along with "Roman Reloaded", "HOV Lane", "I Am Your Leader", "Beez in the Trap", "Right by My Side" and "Fire Burns".[30] She performed "Champion" alongside "Beez in the Trap" with 2 Chainz at the 2012 BET Awards. The rapper also performed "Champion" on the Australian and Asian legs of her Pink Friday Tour.

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Songwriting – Onika Maraj, Tyler Williams, Nikhil Seetharam, Aubrey Graham, Jay Jenkins, Nasir Jones.
  • Production – T-Minus, Nikhil S.
  • Mixed at – Conway Studios, Los Angeles CA
  • Recording – Ariel Chobaz, Noah "40" Shebib, Stuart White
  • Recording assistant – Jon Sher, Noel Cadastre
  • Mixing – Ariel Chobaz, Jon Sher

Credits adapted from Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded album liner notes.[6]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2012)Peak
US R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs (Billboard)[31]36


  1. ^ ab"Nicki Minaj Talks Trayvon Martin, 'Roman Reloaded,' Working With Nas, Love for Foxy & Remy Ma". Vibe. April 3, 2012. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  2. ^Rubenstein, Jenna (March 29, 2012). "New Song: Nicki Minaj, 'Champion,' Featuring Drake, Nas & Young Jeezy,". MTV. Retrieved April 8, 2012. 
  3. ^McGee, Jasmine (April 5, 2012). "Nicki Minaj Admires Music Legend Lauryn Hill x Wanted To Collaborate With Her On 'Champion' Single". This Beat Goes. Archived from the original on April 7, 2012. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  4. ^"Nicki Minaj Wanted to Get Lauryn Hill on New "Champion" Track". XXL Magazine. April 5, 2012. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  5. ^Gipson, Brookylne (April 4, 2012). "Nicki Minaj Disappointed About Not Getting Lauryn Hill Feature". BET. Retrieved April 8, 2012. 
  6. ^ abPink Friday: Roman Reloaded (Liner notes). Nicki Minaj. Universal Music Group. 2012. 
  7. ^ abcFitzgerald, Trent (March 28, 2012). "Nicki Minaj's All-Star Track 'Champion' Leaks to the Internet". Popcrush. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  8. ^"Pick Nicki's Next Single!". MyPinkFriday. Retrieved April 1, 2013. 
  9. ^ abLewis, Dave (March 28, 2012). "Listen: Nicki Minaj heads an all star cast on new song 'Champion'". HitFix. Retrieved April 8, 2012. 
  10. ^Bain, Becky (March 28, 2012). "Nicki Minaj Taps Nas, Drake & Young Jeezy For New Track "Champion"". Idolator. Retrieved April 8, 2012. 
  11. ^ abcGill, Andy (April 6, 2012). "Album: Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday Roman Reloaded (Island)". The Independent. Retrieved April 8, 2012. 
  12. ^ abcdGraham, Adam (April 5, 2012). "Review: Nicki Minaj shoots blanks with 'Roman Reloaded'". The Detroit News. Archived from the original on April 7, 2012. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  13. ^Witer, Staff (April 7, 2012). "New Music". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
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  19. ^ abCorner, Lewis (April 2, 2012). "Nicki Minaj: 'Pink Friday - Roman Reloaded' - Album review". Digital Spy. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
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  22. ^ abFekadu, Mesfin (April 4, 2012). "Review: Nicki Minaj feeds all fans with 2nd album". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
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Minaj recruited rapper Nas (pictured) for "Champion".

"Anaconda" is a song by American rapper and singer Nicki Minaj, from her third studio album, The Pinkprint (2014). It was released on August 4, 2014 by Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records, and Republic Records as the second single from the album.[3] The song was produced by Polow da Don, Anonymous, and Da Internz. The song heavily samples "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-a-Lot.[4]

The song peaked at number two on the US BillboardHot 100, consequently becoming Minaj's highest charting single in the United States to date. It went on to spend eight weeks in the top ten of the Hot 100 chart.[5] The song also peaked within the top ten in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

An accompanying video for the song was directed by Colin Tilley and released on August 19, 2014. Following the video's release, it broke the 24-hour streaming record on Vevo by accumulating 19.6 million views in its first day of release, being surpassed by Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" in 2015. To further promote the song, Minaj performed it live at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards and also performed it at Fashion Rocks and the iHeartRadio Music Festival. "Anaconda" was nominated for Best Rap Song at the 2015 Grammy Awards.[6] The song was also nominated for two categories at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, Best Female Video and Best Hip-Hop Video, winning the latter.[7]

Background and composition[edit]

On August 5, 2014, producer Polow da Don claimed the "Anaconda" instrumental was originally intended for fellow female rapper and musician Missy Elliott, but was scrapped and then re-recorded by Minaj.[8] However, on August 24, 2014, Elliott revealed to fans and followers via her Twitter account that Polow's recollections were untrue and additionally confirmed that she never received the alleged instrumental.[9] The cover art for the single went viral on the web after being revealed. On various digital music stores, the cover art is censored with the Parental Advisory label over Minaj's buttocks. The song heavily samples "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-a-Lot, who also has vocals in the chorus of the song.[8]

Musically, the song is a hip hop and pop-rap song.[2] The song is written in the key of C♯ minor with a tempo of 130 beats per minute.[10]

Critical reception[edit]

Carolyn Menyes from Music Times said it is a bit "raunchy" though this was "expected" and saying "Anaconda" continues Minaj's promise to move away from her poppier singles such as "Super Bass" and "Starships," and go back to her hardcore rap roots.[11] Kory Grow from Rolling Stone praised the use of the "Baby Got Back" sample and said the song stayed true to the theme of the original.[12] Kevin Goddard from HotNewHipHop said "Nicki's raunchy new version may be the next big thing to hit the industry."[13] Dan Reilly from Spin said "Minaj takes the good Sir's '92 ode to protruding posteriors and adds a heavy dose of 2014 sex lingo."[14] Amy Davidson from Digital Spy gave the song three stars out of five and said that "Nicki's breaking down barriers."[15]

Sir Mix-a-Lot said he had "a whole new level of respect for Minaj" after hearing the record and that he became a "fan for life" of Minaj.[16]

The song made Spin's end of year 'The 101 Best Songs of 2014' list. It ranked #3 on the list of 101 entries and Spin herald it "much more than just a song" but a "cultural movement." She was the only rapper to make the top ten of the list as a lead artist.[17] "Anaconda" was also placed at number two on MTV's Best Songs of 2014.[18]

However, despite the positive reviews the song received negative reactions. The London Economic called it "one of the worst songs ever."[19] Critics from National Review referred to the song as "degrading," adding that it promoted prostitution, drug abuse and immorality to young girls.[20] A city in Israel banned the song and prohibited it from concerts and sports events.[21] They claimed the record is "violations of women's dignity," encouraged "a culture of rape and humiliation of women," and that its lyrics were "full of racist words, insults, sexism and homophobia."[22]

Commercial performance[edit]

In the United States, the song debuted at No. 3 on the Digital Songs chart selling 141,000 digital downloads in its first week. Additionally, as Minaj shares lead credit on "Bang Bang," which was No. 2 on that same chart in the same week, Minaj became the first lead act to have two concurrent songs in the top three of the chart since Taylor Swift did it on the list dated September 22, 2012.[23] On the BillboardHot 100, the song debuted at No. 19, marking Minaj's 51st Hot 100 entry and subsequently breaking out of a tie with Michael Jackson for overall career Hot 100 entries.[24]

For the week ending September 6, 2014, "Anaconda" jumped 39-2 on the Hot 100, becoming Minaj's highest charting single on that chart, and marking her eleventh top ten single. It was kept from the top spot by Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off", which debuted atop the chart the same week. Its leap into the runner-up position was brought on primarily by the release of its music video, which garnered 32.1 million domestic streams in its first week. That streaming total caused it to consequentially skyrocket 42-1 on Billboard's Streaming Songs chart. It is the largest one week streaming sum since Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" received 36.4 million streams for the week ending September 28, 2013. Additionally, the 39-2 ascent for "Anaconda" marks the second-biggest jump ever within the Hot 100's top 40. Only The Black Eyed Peas made a bigger leap in the region when "Boom Boom Pow" blasted 39-1 on April 18, 2009.[25] "Anaconda" was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in November 2014 and has sold 1.3 million copies in the US as of December 2014.[26][27]

Music video[edit]

A music video for the track was shot in Los Angeles, California by Colin Tilley[28] and was released on August 19, 2014.[29] The video features a cameo appearance by fellow rapper and labelmate Drake.[30] The video broke the 24-hour streaming record on Vevo by accumulating 19.6 million views in its first day of release, beating the 19.3 million 24-hour record previously held by Miley Cyrus for the music video of her song, "Wrecking Ball", in 2013.[31] On August 30, 2014, eleven days after the release of the music video, "Anaconda" was Vevo certified for receiving over 100 million views. In 2015 Taylor Swift surpassed Minaj's record with the video for her single "Bad Blood" which got 20.1 million views in 24 hours.[32]

In a review of Minaj's video, Lucas Villa of AXS wrote, "It's butts abound in her bananas clip for 'Anaconda.'"[33] NBC host Al Roker called the music video "vile" and "desperate". Roker said, "It almost seems like Minaj has gotten desperate and needs to do something to get her crown back."[34] Molly Lambert of Grantland was complimentary, writing "the video is about Nicki asserting her power, not as a sexual object but a sexual subject."[35] It was named one of the sexiest videos of 2014 by VH1.[36]

Live performances[edit]

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On 24 August 2014, Minaj first performed the song live at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. The performance followed Ariana Grande's individual performance of her single "Break Free" and was followed by a performance of Jessie J, Grande, and Minaj's joint single "Bang Bang."[37] On September 9, 2014, Minaj performed the song live at Fashion Rocks.[38] On September 19, 2014, Minaj performed the song at the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival.[39] On November 9, 2014, Minaj performed "Anaconda" at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards in a three-song medley including her other songs "Super Bass" and "Bed of Lies" featuring Skylar Grey.[40]

In the media[edit]

The song has been played and referenced several times on "The Ellen Show", including Ellen Degeneres doing a music video parody of it.

The Fine Brothers released two videos on their YouTube channel of teens reacting to "Anaconda", and elders reacting to "Anaconda". They later made a song out of the reactions and released it for purchase on iTunes.

Lilly Singh had her parents (which were Lilly in disguise) react to the video, in which they were screaming at the screen and criticizing Nicki for her clothing choices in the video. She then made a parody of the song.

Miranda Sings (aka Colleen Ballinger) uploaded a video of her singing a cover of the song, only to stop halfway and find out the lines were explicit.

The song was briefly sung by a group of bunnies in the 2016 movie, Sing. Due to the explicit lyrics of the song, they only sang the lines, "Oh, my, gosh. Look at her butt". A remix of the line was released on the deluxe soundtrack of the movie entitled "OH. MY. GOSH."

The song was used as the first “lip-sync for your legacy” song on the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars. As the two challenge winners, contestants Aja and BenDeLaCreme lip-synced to the song, with BenDeLaCreme winning.

Credits and personnel[edit]


Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Year-end charts[edit]


Since May 2013 RIAA certifications for digital singles include on-demand audio and/or video song streams in addition to downloads.[83]

Radio and release history[edit]

See also[edit]


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