A video posted to Nicki Minaj’s Instagram account over the weekend shows the rapper falling to her knees in reverence upon meeting one of her music idols, hip-hop star Lauryn Hill. You can watch the video clip below.
In text accompanying the video post, Minaj refers to Hill as “the QUEEN,” “Goddess,” “the epitome,” and “the bar.” Several prayer emojis are added to the end of the post.
“Excuse me while I have an outer body experience. Shaking, crying, a MESS!!!!???? this lady is the reason. Omg. The QUEEN. Goddess! The epitome! The bar! The *faints*. Ms Lauryn Hill told me to keep ‘spittin dat fire’. Is this real life!????????????????????????????????????????????”
The video shows Minaj, sporting a white and gray fur coat, fall to her knees as she greets Hill. She briefly bows her head to the ground at Hill’s feet.
“I’m in love with you,” Minaj exclaims. “I’m in love with you — your spirit, your mind, everything about you.”
Hill stands above Minaj in a floral-print dress, joyfully giggling and encouraging Minaj to stand. The two embrace when Minaj stands.
Nicki Minaj exploded onto the music scene with the release of her 2010 debut album, Pink Friday. The single “Your Love” from that album became the first song by a female rapper to reach No. 1 on Billboard Magazine‘s Rap Chart since Lil’ Kim’s appearance with 50 Cent on 2003’s “Magic Stick,” according to MTV News.
Watch Nicki Minaj bow down to her hero Lauryn Hill when she meets her for the first time https://t.co/iIZeR8k1DV
— TIME (@TIME) October 17, 2016
Minaj broke a record that same year by having seven singles on Billboard‘s Hot 100 listing at the same time, the most any artist had ever had on the chart at once, MTV reports.
She followed up Pink Friday with Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012) and The Pinkprint (2014). Roman Reloaded debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200, with 253,000 copies sold in its first week, according to Billboard. The Pinkprint debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with 244,000 copies sold in its first week, Billboard reports.
Minaj added acting to her repertoire in 2012 with a voice role in Ice Age: Continental Drift. She has since appeared alongside Cameron Diaz in The Other Woman (2014) and with Ice Cube in Barber Shop: The Next Cut (2016). Minaj also served as a judge on the 12th season of the hit television series American Idol.
After meeting Lauryn Hill, Minaj spoke with the morning talk show The Breakfast Club about the experience, music and culture website Complex reports.
“Oh my God, such a surreal moment,” Minaj told The Breakfast Club. “I couldn’t control myself. I was at a loss for words. And she was super sweet and gracious and I was not expecting that.”
“All of a sudden, I literally said the words ‘Do y’all realize my idol is right there,’ and within 30 seconds of me saying that she walked into my room,” Minaj added.
— Complex Music (@ComplexMusic) October 17, 2016
Hill first gained notoriety as a member of the hip-hop act The Fugees. Their second album, The Score (1996), hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and went platinum six times over by October of 1997, a Billboard retrospective on the album notes.
Hill released her first solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, in 1998. Rolling Stone reports that the album sold over 12 million copies, making Hill a music legend in her own right, well beyond the fame she had gained as being a member of The Fugees.
Like Minaj, Lauryn Hill has also appeared in films, including Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993) and Restaurant (1998), with Adrien Brody. She was the narrator of the 2014 documentary Concerning Violence, which was inspired by the writings of philosopher Frantz Fanon.
The Instagram video post of Nicki Minaj and Lauryn Hill meeting received nearly 3 million views and over 6,000 comments within the first two days.
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