*Nicki Minaj gets extremely personal in her new song, “All Things Go,” touching on a death in her family as well as an abortion procedure she underwent as a teenager.
The 31-year-old debuted the track on Wednesday, Dec. 3. “All Things Go”
The slow-tempo song, which debuted today (Dec. 3), is the latest from her upcoming album “The Pinkprint.”
In the last part of the nearly five-minute tune, Minaj opens up about an abortion that she got when she was a teenager. Referencing her 16-year-old brother Micaiah (Caiah) Maraj and her mother Carol Maraj, the rapper first acknowledges her family.
“I love my mother more than life itself, and that’s a fact / I’d give it all, if somehow I could just rekindle that / She never understands, why I’m so overprotective / The more I work, the more I feel like, somehow they’re neglected / I want ‘Caiah to go to college, just to say ‘We did it!'”
“My child with Aaron, would’ve have been sixteen, any minute,” she continues. “So in some ways I feel like ‘Caiah, is the both of them / It’s like he’s ‘Caiah’s little angel, looking over him / And I know Jelani will always love me, and I’ll always love him / And I’m just his little sister not Nicki Minaj when I’m around him.”
Though she gives no further details as to who the father Aaron is, Minaj would have been about 15 at the time of the apparent abortion. Born in Trinidad and Tobago, the performer moved to Queens, New York City as a child and attended LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in Manhattan as a teenager.
Minaj makes mention of further personal struggles in “All Things Go,” rapping about her cousin Nicholas Telemaque who was shot and killed in July 2011.
“I lost my little cousin to a senseless act of violence,” she rhymes. “His sister said, he wanted to stay with me, but I didn’t invite him / Why didn’t he ask, or am I just buggin’? / Cause since I got fame, they don’t act the same / Even though they know, that I love him / Family ties, broken before me, n—-s tryna kill him, he ain’t even call me / And that’s the reflection of me, yes I get it, I get it, it was all me / I pop a pill and remember the look in his eyes, the last day he saw me.”
Listen to the entire track “All Things Go” below.