Remember when I was a kid and I'd listen to the same thing over, and over, and over again? Like when I parked myself in front of West Side Story and memorized the whole thing? Or how about the Lion King? Or every single Ani DiFranco Album ever out? Or how about RENT? This list can go on forever...as you well know. Well, I have a new edition to the list. Nicki Minaj. I can't stop listening to her! Her songs are basically on repeat...and I did that crazy thing I do where I print out the lyrics and practice singing along to make sure I know all the words. I'm 28. I literally sat on my bed a few days ago and read the lyrics along with the song....seriously....it was like a flash back to my 14 year old self. (I thought if anyone can appreciate this it would be you....also I appreciate that you had the patience to not crack my movies and CDs in half....)
After weeks of Nicki Minaj overkill I stumbled upon this:
(written by Nicole....over at Nicole is Better....there is swearing....which is probably why I like this blog....)
"The race was fucking awesome though. I mean, the race itself wasn’t anything special, but I had this crazy out-of-body moment around mile 8 where I was all, “holy shit, LOOK WHAT MY BODY CAN DO” and it made me remember what Gretchen brilliantly dubbed the “Nicki Minaj moment,” which is basically any real life version of that line in Nicki Minaj’s song that goes “Yes I did, yes I did, somebody please tell him who the eff I is” that in my mind loosely translates to, “YOU BEST BELIEVE I’M DOING THIS CRAZY ASS THING. BAM!” Which is why you’ll see Gretchen and I occasionally yelling “NICKI MINAJ” at each other on Facebook and Twitter as a new go-to mantra for things we maybe don’t think we can do but are totally going to do anyway because bitch please."
When I read this all I could think was, 'Yes! Somebody understands!'. Remember how we used to yell 'IMUA!'? Think of Nicki Minaj lyrics as the less Hawaiian more Girl Power version of IMUA!
I actually posted 'Yes I did, yes I did, somebody please tell him who the eff I is' on facebook. No lie. When I deem a lyric facebook worthy you know I mean business.
So the song I've really been listening to ALOT is 'Moment 4 Life' (I've included a bit of the lyrics below for your reading pleasure).
Lyrics to Moment 4 Life : I fly with the stars in the skies, I am no longer trying to survive, I believe that life is a prize, But to live doesn't mean you're alive, Don't worry bout me and who I fire I get what I desire it's my empire And yes I call the shots I am the umpire I sprinkle holy water upon a vampire, vampire And this very moment I'm king This very moment I slay Goliath with a sling, This very moment I bring Put it on everything that I will retire with the ring, And I will retire with the crown, Yes! No I'm not lucky I'm blessed, Yes! Clap for the heavyweight champ, Me! But I couldn't do it all alone, We! Young Money raised me, grew up out in Paisley Southside Jamaica, Queens and it's crazy Cause I'm still hood, Hollywood couldn't change me Shout out to my haters, sorry that you couldn't faze me Ain't being cocky we just vindicated, best believe that when were done This moment will be syndicated, I don't know this night just reminds me Of everything that they deprived me of, kuhh! Ppppp put ya drinks up, it's a celebration every time we link up We done did everything they can think of Greatness is what we wanna brink up. [Chorus:] I wish that I could have this moment for life, for life, for life Cause in this moment I just feel so alive, alive, alive
Now, imagine a bad ass chick with a pink wig rapping this. Now do you see the appeal?! (Man, I crack myself up....)
In light of current events (like my news - or the lack thereof) these are my favorite of all the lyrics....and they're dedicated to YOU!
No I'm not lucky I'm blessed, Yes! Clap for the heavyweight champ, Me! But I couldn't do it all alone, We! Young Money raised me, grew up out in Hilo
Mom, when I'm home next (and I mean really, who the hell knows when that will be...) I think we should have some beach cocktails and give shout outs to our haters...saying sorry they couldn't faze us....it ain't being cocky....we just vindicated!
For the record I realize that my Mother is probably the only person who will be able to follow my train of thought in this post......