World-famous rapper, Nicki Minaj has disclosed the last conversation she had with her father before he tragically lost his life in a hit-and-run incident.
The 41-year-old Barbie World singer, who recently dropped her first album in five years, Pink Friday, last month, sat down for a conversation with Apple Music’s Ebro Darden.
The DJ asked her if she was speaking to her son in the first song of the album, Are You Gone Already.
Nicki said that the song was about her father, not her son, explaining: ‘So right after I had the baby, and it was during corona, and nobody knew what was going on.
‘But that day, as I’m rocking him, the phone rings, and I see it’s my father. I normally would not have picked up, because I don’t like to be on the phone with the baby there. I would’ve called him back. Something said, “Pick up the phone.”‘
She continued: ‘I picked up, he was very happy, and he was like, “Baby, I could come on Monday?” because he had been waiting to be able to come to Cali to help me. I kept on saying, “Come on out.”‘
‘He wasn’t really happy, but I knew that, when he came [to] be with us, we were going to be happy,’ the Anaconda rapper said.
‘He is this amazing, great person, who livens up the whole house. I was like, “Yes, we were going to get help.”‘
And then later that night, her mother Carol Manaj called to tell her that her father had been hit by a car in a hit-and-run.
He later succumbed to his injuries.
She said, ‘It was my mother, telling me that my father was in an accident and that she didn’t know what was going to happen, and she would call me back.
‘And then, everything started spinning,’ Minaj added.
The singer and rapper added that she ‘couldn’t believe’ how quickly everything happened, especially because ‘he was the happiest that I had heard him in a long time,’ when they spoke hours earlier about him coming out to LA to meet his grandson and help out.
Nicki emotionally revealed that since her father never got to meet his grandson, it was important to her to start Pink Friday 2 ‘speaking to [her] father.’
‘So I’m telling my father, ‘You never got to meet Papa,’ she said, explaining that the song details the time from her mom calling her to tell her about the accident to his death.
Minaj raps: ‘You never got to meet Papa / He sweet proper, he keep Mama on my toes.’