#WelcomeBackNicki trends after Nicki Minaj unpins old ‘Yikes’ tweet, fans say ‘she was never really gone’
The hard-core fan base of Nicki Minaj has an eagle eye and monitors every little movement of the Trinidadian-born rapper, singer and model. Once ranked 15th on Billboard's list of top artists, which is the highest for a female rap artist, she struck the right chord with music lovers when she rolled out a remix of Doja Cat's 'Say So'
Just today, Nicki unpinned her top tweet, which was a promotion for her record, 'Yikes', and then tweeted to her fans after a long time. Now, the Barbz believe that Minaj is ready for her musical return. It started with a tweet that read: "Showed you how to get a bag now u goin shopping." It took no time for her post to go viral and collect more than 18,000 retweets and almost 75,000 likes. Ever since she posted that, fans are going crazy wondering why she posted it and whether it's the lyrics to a new song. Many impatient fans have already demanded the singer to show them the entire album.
Fans got together and shook the social media world with a flurry of tweets and got the hashtag #WelcomeBackNicki trending. "Nicki coming back on Twitter to feed the Barbz #[email protected]," one tweet read while another read, "Y'all remember when Nicki Minaj said she's retired? yeah me neither #WelcomeBackNicki." Another said, "#WelcomeBackNicki WE ARE NOT READY FOR THIS ERA."
Back in 2019, the singer had announced her retirement on Twitter. "I’ve decided to retire & have my family," she said, adding, "I know you guys are happy now. To my fans, keep reppin me, do it til da death of me, in the box- cuz ain’t nobody checkin me. Love you for LIFE." It created quite a hysteria among her followers and they were worried. Later, in October, she clarified her tweet and told The Shade Room, "When I posted that retirement tweet, I knew that I still had music that I already had recorded that was still going to come out. So the retirement was kind of talking about my album, meaning like, 'Do I want to go back and record my fifth album?'"
"It was really about the fifth album," Nicki said in the same interview. "Where do I stand with it now? I didn't know my fans would act like that with the tweet. It hurt my feelings because I feel like the way I did it was maybe insensitive to my fans. But I didn't think people were going to take it — I didn't know it was going to be that big of a deal, so that's why I deleted it."
Now that she seems to be back in action, fans can't stop celebrating. "The queen is coming," one tweet said and another read, "She was never really gone. She was working at a head shop in Springfield with Elvis and Tupac #WelcomeBackNicki." One went on to say: "If you put @NICKIMINAJ in the studio with a pen and pad against these other young female rappers, she will slay. #WelcomeBackNicki."