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Nicki Minaj-a-trois magazine cover gets fantastic meme makeover

Triple trouble, y'all.


Jay Hathaway

Internet Culture

Published Nov 17, 2017   Updated May 22, 2021, 10:51 am CDT

It’s been three years since Paper magazine first tried to “break the internet” with a cover featuring a nude Kim Kardashian. Now they’ve done it again, with a nearly-nude Nicki Minaj. The reigning queen of rap appears not just once, but three times on the cover, and the three Nickis are engaged in a little … Minaj-a-trois. The internet loves it. If Kardashian was a meme-maker’s muse, the triple-Nickis are all three muses at once.

This cover is obviously fine art, so it’s only natural that it’s inspiring the internet’s fine artists:

And whatever this is:

The iconic cover has brought new life to an old meme: “Dan Nicky your bobbie s.” This stems from a horny admirer’s failed attempt to type “Damn Nicki, your boobies” into the comment section of one of Minaj’s Instagram photos, back in 2014. But the new photos have brought the meme back in a big way. “Dan Nicky your bobbie s” is all over Twitter again.

… you get the idea.

Although haters inevitably gonna hate (looking at you, Eve), most people seem to love the photoshoot. Certainly, it’s getting better reviews than Kim K’s did:

The Paper cover might not even be Nicki’s most meme-able photo, though. Remember what people did with the cover of her Anaconda single? If you don’t, you can just Google it:

nicki minaj anaconda google meme
Know Your Meme

Outside of Drake, no rapper has ever been so memeable.

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*First Published: Nov 17, 2017, 7:02 am CST