I feel free, I feel freedom

from Nicki Minaj – Freedom Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Nicki is at the point in her career when she has total artistic freedom with her music. She makes the music that she wants to make.

Nicki has many facets, and expressing herself has always been a challenge because she really had to build and speak to an audience to further her career. In her mixtape years, she was a hard rapper, talking (for real) about shooting guns and doing/dealing hard drugs. When she got with Fendi, she adopted the “trap” style and started emphasizing oversexualized verses and a a sensual persona. When she was signed with Young Money, she incorporated Lil Wayne’s lyrical style and continued to represent YMCMB. Throughout her come-up journey, her style was heavily restricted.

With success, Nicki became more free to show the world all of her different sides. The first studio album, Pink Friday, was big on her different personas. This crazy, playful, performance-driven Nicki was different from what she was like before, but that’s because getting her into the mainstream allowed her to be more true to herself.

Nicki got a lot of criticism for doing a more pop song like “Startships”, but she explained that it was something that she had to try once. She wanted to experiment with that kind of sound and explore her musical identity in that way, and she felt that, at that point at her career, she could get away with it without losing support from her fans.

So now, at the time of the Re-Up, Nicki has evolved as an artist to a point where she has the freedom to make art unrestrained.

Some suggest Nicki Minaj actually feels free because she left the Illuminati. Could it be?

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