With the arrival of Nicki Minaj's long-delayed fourth studio album, Queen, listeners are already looking to see who she's taking shots at. On the album's opener, it sounds as if Nicki is making it clear that there's something of a little competition between her and the current reigning queen of NYC rap, Cardi B. The two have experienced their fair share of tension, but on "Ganja Burns" Nicki is finally addressing the situation between the two of them head-on.
"They done went to witch doctors to bury the Barbie/But I double back, kill bitches, bury the Bardi," she raps. From the sounds of things, it's deliberately ambiguous as to whether she actually says "body" or "Bardi" on the track, delivering the line with an inflection that doesn't make it entirely clear or not if she is directly addressing Cardi. Fans are convinced, however, that she is taking shots.
Later in the song's second verse, Nicki references a number of hip-hop greats including JAY-Z, André 3000, Nas, Biggie, and Kanye West among others, before turning her attention back to an unnamed party. "Unlike a lot of these hoes whether wack or lit/At least I can say I wrote every rap I spit," she raps. It could be another shot at Cardi, who had significantly more credited writers on her album Invasion of Privacy, than Nicki does on Queen.
Previously, a leaked snippet of a song saw Nicki rapping, "Uh, I ain't never played a hoe's position/I ain't never have to strip to get the pole position," clearly referencing Cardi's past as a stripper. When the song surfaced online, Nicki said herself that it was an old song, but now that the album has arrived the line is still heard on "Hard White," so perhaps she's had a change of heart and wants to lean into this beef properly.
Regardless, it seems that fans have made up their minds, and Nicki is coming for Cardi all over "Ganja Burns."