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Nicki Minaj – Tragedy

08 April 2011, 11:46 | Written by Antonio Rowe

Feuds are an inescapable by product of the hip-hop industry. The trait of braggadocio is a must for any budding rapper, so it’s not exactly a shocker when these hubris-ridden personas do inevitably collide.

Nicki Minaj and Lil Kim are the latest duo to battle it out in a vicious media rumble of clever wordplay and arrogant lyrical claims.

‘Tragedy’ leaked a couple of days ago. It is Minaj’s (arguably long overdue) retaliation to Lil Kim’s never-ending sniping – an on-going PR stunt that culminated in the birth of the mediocre Black Friday mixtape. Unlike in ‘Roman’s Revenge’, there’s no sense of ambiguity as to who the target is:

”Man you was magic / I mean look at you now hoe you just tragic”

A lurching, oriental-inspired beat soundtracks what has become her trademark pseudo-manic growls and melodramatic ululations. Below is just a taster – expect more hard-hitting punches when the full track appears on Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV this May.

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