Majesty (song)

Majesty” is a song recorded by American rapper Nicki Minaj and British singer Labrinth featuring American rapper Eminem for Minaj’s fourth studio album, Queen (2018). It was planned to be sent to radio stations on October 16, 2018, through Young Money Entertainment and Cash Money Records as the fourth single from the album. It was written by Minaj, Labrinth, Eminem, and Luis Resto; while being produced by Labrinth, with additional production by Eminem. It is a hip hop song, that is about Minaj’s desire for money and success. Commercially, the song peaked at number 58 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and entered the charts of Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

For other songs with the same name, see Majesty (disambiguation) § Songs.

2018 song by Nicki Minaj and Labrinth featuring Eminem
Song by Nicki Minaj and Labrinth featuring Eminem
from the album Queen
Released August 10, 2018 (2018-08-10)
Genre Hip hop
Length 4:55

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On August 10, 2018, Minaj revealed the final tracklist for her fourth studio album, Queen, that included a song titled “Majesty” featuring Eminem and Labrinth as the track number two.[1] In fact, the song marks the second time Minaj and Eminem have collaborated on a track, after “Roman’s Revenge” from the former’s debut studio album Pink Friday (2010).[2][3] It premiered a few hours later as part of the album on all major music platforms.[4] To promote it, as well as the 18 other tracks from the album, Minaj first played the song live on her Beats 1Queen Radio show with Zane Lowe,[5] and claimed that Eminem’s verse would “go down in history as one of the best verses in the history of rap.”[6] The song was scheduled to be sent to rhythmic contemporary radio stations on October 16 as the fourth single from the album, however, it was ultimately canceled.[7]

“Majesty” is a hip hop song that “sinks under dated piano chords, melodramatic string swells and a grating vocal hook.”[8][6] Minaj’s recording engineer Big Juice explained the making of the song saying, “When we heard the piano part, we were like, ‘oh, that’s a pretty cool beat.’ Once it dropped into the [sings more aggressive part], everybody went crazy. But I didn’t know she was putting Eminem on it until the last couple of weeks when he sent it back. He’s still one of those guys who pays attention to lyricism, and as you can tell on this song, he went in. When that beat drops, that is crazy. Then it changes again in the outro with that Caribbean vibe.”[9]

Talking about Eminem’s inclusion in the song to DJ Whoo Kid‘s The Whoolywood Shuffle, Minaj said: “We sent him ‘Majesty’ not thinking he was gonna do it. He co-produced it, […] he did the same thing with ‘Roman’s Revenge’ […] but he added more production value on this one like he just goes in, he tailor-makes the beat around his flow and, you know, it’s epic. Can we acknowledge that [Eminem’s verse is] like one of the best rap verses we’ve heard in years? Like oh my god, like I was so freaking stunned when I got that back. I just sat there for a long time, I couldn’t move, I couldn’t do nothing, I was just like, ‘yo, he murdered’. It was like another level because lately you don’t see rappers doing that because they don’t feel like they have to anymore.”[10]

Lyrically, Minaj raps about her desire for money and success, and defends her legacy from alleged pretenders: “Can’t post on Nicki block unless you sellin’ Nicki crack,” she raps.[11] She uses word play in the two-liners “The MAC movin’ like crack/I’m selling powder now,” which is a double entendre that references her MAC Cosmetics collection and drug dealing.[2] Towards the end of the song, she addresses in a 40 seconds outro those who are jealous of her, singing in a gently menacing coda: “Jealousy is a disease, die slow.”[11][12][13] Labrinth also pays tribute to Minaj’s status as he sings on the chorus, “Whatever you say, Mrs. Majesty/Whatever you want, you can have from me.”[3]

Eminem uses a singsong flow, before turning up for a fast long-form verse—a formula that he is using since 2009’s Relapse.[14][8] He calls out trendy mumble rap saying, “Our genre’s lymph nodes are swollen up,” before abandoning the song’s framework to breathlessly rap about his difficult past, and how it would be a bad idea to talk about them at all, “Let me keep it one hundred, two things shouldn’t be your themes of discussion/The Queen and her husband, last thing you’re gonna be is our subjects,” he states.[12][15][14] He name-checks American rappers Slick Rick and Q-Tip, and American hip hop collective Souls of Mischief, implicitly placing himself and Minaj in that same lineage.[15]

According to a set of calculations done by a Genius contributor and confirmed by the website, Eminem’s verse on the song out-performs his 2013 song “Rap God” in rapping speed by about 9.7 syllables per second. On “Majesty”, Eminem raps 123 syllables in about 12 seconds—about 10.3 syllables per second—, while he spits 157 syllables in 16.3 seconds—9.6 syllables per second— on the speediest part of “Rap God”. However, the latter track does still hold the Guinness World Record for most words in a single with 1,560.[16] This record was later surpassed by Eminem again on his 2020 track “Godzilla” featuring American rapper Juice Wrld, rapping 10.65 syllables per second during his third verse.[17]

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