Nicki Minaj Trollz Description

Nicki Minaj Trollz: Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty (born December 8, 1982), known professionally as Nicki Minaj (/mɪˈnɑːʒ/), is a Trinidadian-American rapper, singer and songwriter. Born in the Saint James district of Port of Spain and raised in the Queens borough of New York City, she gained public recognition after releasing the mixtapes Playtime Is Over (2007), Sucka Free (2008), and Beam Me Up Scotty (2009).

Early in her career, Nicki Minaj Trollz was known for her colorful costumes and wigs. Her rapping is distinctive for its flow and the use of alter egos and accents, primarily British cockney. After signing with Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment in 2009, Minaj released her first studio album, Pink Friday (2010), which peaked at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart and was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Her second album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, was released in 2012 and debuted atop the charts in several countries. Nicki Minaj Trollz made her film debut in the 2012 animated film Ice Age: Continental Drift. In 2013, she was a judge on the twelfth season of American Idol. Minaj’s third studio album, The Pinkprint, was released in 2014. She subsequently played supporting roles in the films The Other Woman (2014) and Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016). Her fourth studio album, Queen, was released in 2018.

Nicki Minaj Trollz has topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart twice in 2020; as a featured artist on the remix of Doja Cat’s “Say So” and as a lead artist for her collaboration with 6ix9ine, “Trollz”, in which Minaj became the second female rapper to debut atop the Hot 100 chart, after Lauryn Hill with “Doo Wop (That Thing)” in 1998. She has additionally earned multiple top-five entries on the Hot 100 as a lead artist: “Super Bass” in 2011, “Starships” in 2012, and “Bang Bang” and “Anaconda”, both in 2014. Minaj was ranked 15th on Billboard‘s list of the top artists of the 2010s, being the highest female rap artist on the list.

Trollz” (stylized in all caps) is a song by American rapper 6ix9ine and Trinidadian-American rapper Nicki Minaj Trollz. It was postponed twice before being released on June 12, 2020, as the follow-up to “Gooba”, released four weeks earlier. It was written by the artists, along with its producers Sadpony and Jahnei Clarke, the latter having also produced “Gooba“. The song marked the third collaboration between the artists, following “Fefe” and “Mama”, both released in 2018. Lyrically, the song takes aim at internet trolls. On June 16, 2020, a new version of the song was released, featuring a different verse from Minaj and an altered beat. It was released as the second single from 6ix9ine’s second studio album, TattleTales, released on September 4, 2020.

The song debuted atop the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming 6ix9ine’s first number-one single in the country, and Minaj’s second and her first as lead artist. The following week it dropped to number 34, breaking the record for largest drop down the chart from number one in Hot 100 history.

Nicki Minaj Trollz Commercial performance

“Trollz” debuted at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming 6ix9ine’s first number-one single and Nicki Minaj Trollz second. Propelled by over a dozen physical/digital combination offerings priced from 69 cents to $10 including an alternate version, the song topped the Billboard Digital Songs chart selling 116,000 downloads, becoming 6ix9ine’s first chart-topper and Minaj’s sixth, as well.

It also marks the largest song sales week since Taylor Swift’s “Me!” featuring Brendon Urie (2019) opened with 193,000 downloads sold; however, in August 2020, Cardi B’s “WAP” featuring Megan Thee Stallion generated 125,000 sales, surpassing the total set by “Trollz”. Minaj tied Roddy Ricch and Ariana Grande as the artist with the most Hot 100 number-one singles in 2020, with two each. She also became the second female rapper to debut atop the Hot 100, following Lauryn Hill in 1998.

In its second week, “Nicki Minaj Trollz” fell to number 34, breaking the record for the largest drop from number one for a non-holiday single in history. The song spent four total weeks on the Hot 100, the shortest run of any number one single.

In an interview with Billboard, 6ix9ine credited himself for its debut, asking a reporter, “Give me a Nicki single that’s been No. 1. Her record… [“Trollz”] is my record.”

Music video

The accompanying music video was released alongside the official single release on June 12, 2020. It was shot in May 2020 and Minaj revealed that the video was shot in 6ix9ine’s guest bedroom while the latter was still under home confinement. After both artists claimed that the video broke the record for most views for a hip hop song in the first 24 hours, YouTube denied this, stating that the video only received 32.5 million views, 6.4 million less than “Gooba“. A representative for the company said “paid advertising views on YouTube will no longer be considered when looking at a 24-hour record debut”.

Synopsis

Similar to the “Gooba” video, “Trollz” has a colorful, rainbow-themed visual. The video starts off with the rappers eating cotton candy. This is followed by a transition where Minaj is seen with multicolored hair, twerking in a red jacuzzi. She is seen topless with star pasties covering her breasts, wearing blonde and pastel-colored hair, and dressed in a fur bikini and a red, sheer bodysuit. 6ix9ine performs his verse and the hook in red, then blonde and rainbow cornrows. The video also cuts to him holding over $200,000 in cash and, as in the “Gooba” video, shows off his GPS ankle monitor.

Personnel

Credits adapted from Tidal, BMI and YouTube.

  • 6ix9ine – lead artist, songwriting
  • Nicki Minaj – lead artist, songwriting
  • Jeremiah Raisen – arrangement, songwriting, production
  • Jahnei Clarke – arrangement, additional production, mixing
  • Aaron Clarke – songwriting
  • Wizard Lee – mixing, mastering
  • Big Juice – mixing
  • Alex Solis – art direction, design
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