Nicki Minaj may be busy heating up engagement rumors with Meek Mill, but it appears Minaj’s ex, Safaree Samuels, is making headlines for his former relationship with the “Feeling Myself” rapper, as well.
Just two days after celebrating her 33rd birthday with close friends, a previously unreleased version of Nicki Minaj’s chart-topping hit, “Anaconda,” appeared online and has since sparked quite a debate amongst Minaj’s fans.
According to the Shade Room, one of the producers who worked on Minaj’s “Anaconda” track took to SoundCloud on Wednesday to release an alternate version of the song that was allegedly supposed to appear on Minaj’s The Pinkprint album, before the song was rerecorded.
The track, titled “Anaconda 2.0,” features several new verses from Minaj’s 2014 chart-topping hit, but it looks like fans aren’t too pleased with Nicki’s rhymes on the original version of the track.
In “Anaconda 2.0,” Nicki Minaj raps, “‘Cause I win, win, win / Rocking designers you ain’t never been in / My b*****s pretty you will never fit in / Ain’t sharing bottles we don’t ever chip in / You want some dumb s***,” in comparison to the album version of “Anaconda” which features lyrics, “Now that’s real, real, real / Gun in my purse, b****, I came dressed to kill / Who wanna go first? I had them pushing daffodils / I’m high as hell, I only took a half a pill / I’m on some dumb s***.”
The contrast in Nicki’s rhymes between both versions of “Anaconda” instantly sparked a debate amongst Minaj fans, with some arguing that Nicki’s lyrics were better when she was still dating ex-boyfriend Safaree Samuels.
Fan reactions from the Shade Room‘s preview of the track include comments like, “She needs to hurry up and take Safaree back and I mean QUICK bihh cause idk wtf that was…,” while another adds, “I guess we can tell the difference when Safaree writes her stuff and when she writes her stuff cuz this s*** sounds terrible!!!!”
While neither Nicki Minaj nor Safaree Samuels have commented on the backlash surrounding “Anaconda 2.0,” this isn’t the first time that fans have dissed Nicki’s music following Minaj’s split from Safaree in 2014.
After releasing her own remix version of The Weeknd’s “The Hills” in October, Nicki Minaj was met with criticism from fans who felt Nicki’s rhymes fell flat on the chart-topping track.
“I don’t like Nicki on the hills remix she need to hire safaree Back,” one fan explains via Twitter while another argues, “Sadly disappointed at BOTH remixes of Weeknd’s ‘The Hills.’ I really expected better from Em. Nicki needs Safaree to help with those lines.”
The news comes just weeks after sources close to Safaree revealed to TMZ that Samuels has plans to file a lawsuit against Nicki Minaj for unpaid credits on some of Nicki’s most successful works, including albums The Pinkprint, Pink Friday, and Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.
Safaree’s source further suggests that Samuels is also seeking a portion of royalties from Minaj’s hits like “Only,” which features Chris Brown, Drake, and Lil Wayne, as well as her work with Beyoncé on “Flawless (Remix)” and “Feeling Myself.”
The source explains that Safaree is prepared to show a “boatload of proof” that he was involved in the creation of Nicki’s most recent works, including video footage of the himself and Nicki in the recording studio as well as voice memos and witnesses who are prepared to “validate his contribution” to Minaj’s music.
While Nicki Minaj previously shot down Safaree’s ghostwriting claims earlier this year, Nicki has yet to comment on her ex’s plans to file a lawsuit.
What do you think of Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda 2.0”?
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