Song Review: Nicki Minaj feat. Ciara - "I'm Legit"
Even in the midst of songs where she promotes misogyny just as easily as the men she features (check "I Endorse These Strippers" feat. Tyga and Thomas Brinx for proof), Nicki Minaj's "I'm Legit is a refreshing break from the norm.
With one of the best verses since her “Monster” outbreak and one of the most female-friendly songs since she hit mainstream success, Nicki Minaj teams up with Ciara for the boastful, yet inspiring song, a cut off Minaj’s recently released Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (The Re-Up) EP.
“I hate wack n*ggas/ I should really slap n*ggas,” chants Minaj in alien-monotone, setting the stage for a delightful role reversal that puts the ladies in the driver's seat.
Despite headache-inducing synethetic Emergency Exit sirens paired with kindergarten claps throughout, the words Ciara sings in addition to her rapping counterpart are inclusive; if she wanted to, a young woman could aspire to the same greatness that Ci-Ci and Nicki have achieved: “Ladies, throw your hands up and say, ‘I know I’m cute/ I know I’m fly.’”
The song also deconstructs silly beauty ideals, proclaiming, “I’m the shit with no makeup/ Don’t have to curl my hair up/ All this booty here mine.”
The song would be nearly perfect if Minaj didn’t insist on that “sons” reference, which has found itself creeping into every song she has released lately.
Listen to the single below and leave your thoughts. Are you legit?
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