Many of those fans listened closely for subliminal jabs between the two ladies. But it was actually Takeoff who slipped in a slick bar for the Young Money raptress that most people didn’t realize until now — including Nicki herself.
Takeoff lets the ladies go first, arriving with his bars at the track’s fifth verse and right after Nicki spits. Even though he distinctly name drops The Pinkprint femcee on the risqué rhyme, his sometimes ambiguous vernacular may be to blame for why some people are just now noticing how slyly he’s shooting his shot with Nicki.
“If Nicki should show me her titty/ Right hand on the Bible, I swear I won't tell,” he raps. “If I get to play with that kitty/ I wonder how many platinums we gon' sell.”
While Nicki previously cleared up rumors that she was blindsided by Cardi B’s feature on the track, it’s safe to say that Takeoff’s bars were the only thing about “MotorSport” that caught her off-guard.
“Take Off verse on Motorsport. It’s my sh** tho but ummm I feel like I didn’t peep them lines until the song came out,” she tweeted. “I was like [shocked-face emoji].”
When a fan expresses how grateful he is that Nicki didn’t throw a flag on Takeoff’s lyrical play, she reminds him that she would have if she caught it in time.
“I would’ve if I had realized he talking about me in that part,” she continued. “I didn’t peep that lil 5 letter word ‘nicki.’”
Now that’s what you call a sub shot.
See Nicki’s rather delayed reaction to Takeoff’s “MotorSport” gesture for her below.
Take Off verse on Motorsport. 🤔😩 it’s my shit tho but ummm 🤣 I feel like I didn’t peep them lines until the song came out. I was like 😲— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) November 25, 2017
🤣 I would’ve if I had realized he was talking about me in that part. 🤫😭 I didn’t peep that lil 5 letter word “nicki”. https://t.co/eB29Zc56Qq— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) November 25, 2017
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