"Dear Old Nicki" as written by Onika Tanya Maraj and Daniel A. Johnson....
Maybe you died 'cause everybody ask me where you at
I try to channel you in hopes that I could stare you back
But its like every intersection we just missed each otha'
You got your fans waitin' tell me you ain't six feet unda'
And tell me that you coming back that you just took a break
Maybe I blamed you for everything that was my mistake
In hindsight I loved your rawness and I loved your edge
'Cause it was you who talked me down from jumpin' off the ledge
Your earrings bamboo, your long nails too
Your B.M.W. every time you came through
You was the braveheart
You stole Wayne heart
You never switched it up
You played the same part
But I needed to grow
And I needed to know
That there were some things inside of me that I need to show
So I just deaded you
Left you in all black
But dear old Nicki
Please call back

You told me you'd come when I needed you
And you said it so sweetly I believed you
But I'm standing here calling I cant see you
But I am holding you, holding you, holding you to that

Yo, did I chase the glitz and glamor
Money, fame and power
'Cause if so that will forever go down my lamest hour
I shoulda kept you with me gettin' at them nameless cowards
There was no match for you, couldn't defeat your prowess
I had to make them changes, I hope you understood
You see for every bad, I did a ton of good
But you was underground, and I was mainstream
I live the life now, that we would daydream
My only wish is you come enjoy it with me
Get on them conference calls, go meet the lawyers with me
The money came yea, tripled and quadrupled it
But I still miss us when we was on some stupid shit
But its still fuck the media
They ridiculed you, never believed in ya
They just deaded you
Left you in all black
But dear old Nicki
Please call back

You told me you'd come when I needed you
And you said it so sweetly I believe you
But I'm standing here calling I cant see you
But I am holding you, holding you, holding you to that

And yes I'm holdin you, holdin' you, holdin' you
Oh yes I'm holdin' you, holdin' you, holdin' you
And yes I'm holdin' you, holdin' you, holdin' you
To that

And yes I'm holdin' you, holdin' you, holdin' you
Oh yes I'm holdin' you, holdin' you, holdin' you
And yes I'm holdin' you, holdin' you, holdin' you
To that


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"Dear Old Nicki" as written by Onika Tanya Maraj Daniel Johnson

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +6
    General Commentfirst off i love the song. now i think the meaning is quite clear.
    a person creates a character to either complement their own self or to hide their true identity.
    nicki minaj is a character and i honestly don't believe by choice.
    when nicki minaj first surfaced underground, she was raw, real and rapped hard.
    i'm guessing someone on her team must have told her, "look your talented that's no question. you have all the skills you need to succeed. but the rapper you are now has been seen before. you need to stand out and switch up your style if you want to be extremely successful. if you want a record deal and fame and to be relevant in other peoples eyes." i believe that's what she did. she became a character just to stand out. if you saw her documentary on mtv, it pretty much coincides with what i''m saying. she's humble. she's afraid of failure. basically she's human. but now i think she's wishing she could go back to her old self. in reality i believe there is no turning back for nicki. the world loves nicki minaj as this character. so pretty much i think she's stuck.
    so in conclusion, i think the song is pretty much self explanatory.
    she misses the person she used to be, but that person is dead thanks to success, the media and her fear of failure.
    kiddykatton December 09, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think everyone can relate to this... we all change, and sometimes we miss the person we used to be or need the strength we used to have. Its like having it all can make things easier but you can miss the strong person you were when you had to work harder at everything.
    larokon February 17, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think this song's about Nicki selling her soul for fame and money. There are many allusions to it in the song, but the opening line confirms it for me.
    SamuelLeumason July 31, 2014   Link

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