UPDATE: Nicki Minaj shares the recent TMZ report on her Rosa Parks lyric was false.
The rapper recently took to Instagram to address the debacle that took place after she unveiled a teaser to her new track “Yikes.” She shared that she never told TMZ she didn’t mean to drop her teaser on Parks’ birthday. TMZ also alleged that Minaj was “aware of the heat she’s been catching.”
On Instagram, she wrote: “Never said this. Had no clue anyone was mad. Don’t care. #Yikes.” Alongside the Instagram Story post, she added a part of the TMZ report that was published yesterday.
Take a look at the original story below.
A new TMZ report alleges Minaj did not mean to drop her teaser of the track on Rosa Parks’ birthday.
Nicki Minaj fans were avidly supporting the rapper when she released a snippet of her latest song “Yikes” yesterday which included a Rosa Parks line, now she’s saying it was “bad timing.”
“All you bitches Rosa Parks, uh-oh, get your ass up” was the lyric that caused social media users to either support or drag Minaj. What made matters a bit more controversial was the fact that Tuesday was Parks’ birthday.
“All you bitches is Rosa Parks get your ass up” -Nicki Minaj(2019, Miami, FL) pic.twitter.com/ScCQmKk1BX
— Jacobi ✨ (@JDW543) February 4, 2020
— João (@pinkdinasty_) February 4, 2020
— Sade’ (@SadeIsaiah_) February 4, 2020
— BíG Bèntley💰 (@PhuckDeeBrown) February 4, 2020
Nicki Minaj need to leave Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman alone. They both have fought the good fight, let them ladies Rest In Peace. 😭😭😂 pic.twitter.com/RD1RhSDYTj
— ✍🏾🗣 (@writtenbytruth) February 4, 2020
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
Parks is respectively lauded as a luminary and activist during the civil rights era for her tireless work in Montgomery, Alabama and beyond. She was also instrumental in the Montgomery bus boycott and also participated in a workshop at the historic Highlander Folk School.
According to a TMZ report, Minaj didn’t intend for the song to drop the same day as Rosa Parks’ birthday, the activist would have been 107 yesterday. Sources close to the rapper shared “Nicki was not in any way, shape or form attempting to diss the great Mrs. Parks.” They went on to say, “She was just using her in what she thought was a clever metaphor aimed at her haters.”
In regards to the track’s teaser being dropped on Parks’ birthday, TMZ also reports it was “bad timing” and merely a “coincidence.” Additionally, the rapper said she would never undermine the work Rosa did and hopes her fans know that too.
Take a look at the clip below.
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