Beyoncé rewrites Prince’s ‘Darling Nikki’ as an ode to Nicki Minaj’s butt

Her booty looked bigger in the magazines.


Christine Friar


Published Oct 28, 2015   Updated May 27, 2021, 5:53 pm CDT

In a promo for the streaming service TidalBeyoncé reworks the lyrics to Prince‘s “Darling Nikki” and makes them about her pal Nicki Minaj. Specifically, her butt.

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“Darling Nicki (Minaj)” was uploaded to Beyoncé’s YouTube channel to promote the video for their “Feeling Myself” performance at the Barclays Center Tidal X concert, and features behind-the-scenes footage of the duo rehearsing.

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As for the lyrics themselves, they’re decidedly more PG than Prince’s originals. 

Here’s a look at Prince’s verse: 

I knew a girl named Nikki,
I guess you could say she was a sex fiend.
I met her in a hotel lobby
Masturbating with a magazine.
She said, “How’d you like to waste some time?”
And I could not resist when I saw little Nikki grind.

And then Beyoncé’s update:

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I met this girl named Nicki,
I guess you could say she was the rap queen.
I met her in the studio lobby,
But her booty looked bigger in the magazines.
She said, “Bey will you jump on this song of mine?”
How could I resist when I heard little Nicki rhyme?

A match made in heaven. 

H/T Vulture | Screengrab via Beyoncé/YouTube

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*First Published: Oct 28, 2015, 3:56 pm CDT