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Chun Li Cover
Nicki Minaj
Released April 12, 2018
Format Digital download
Genre Hip-hop, Rap
Length 3:11
Label Young Money, Cash Money
Writer Onika Maraj, Jeremy Reid
Producer Jeremy Reid, Onika Maraj
Single information
Single release April 12, 2018
Video release May 4, 2018
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"Chun-Li" is a song by Nicki Minaj released on April 12, 2018 along with "Barbie Tingz". The track was written and produced by Minaj and Jeremy Reid. Upon release for digital download and streaming, a lyric video was uploaded to Nicki's YouTube channel. The track debuted at number 92 on the Billboard Hot 100 after just one day of tracking[1], before eventually peaking at number 10.[2]

Background Edit

During an interview on Beats 1, Nicki revealed some information on the background and writing of the track, stating she was in a very "calm, excited" state when she wrote and recorded "Chun-Li", writing the melodies five minutes after hearing the beat, and that it was completed on April 11, the day prior to the radio interview and release of the track. [3]

The single cover came from the video shoot for "Barbie Tingz", and features her wearing Fendi print, as referenced in the lyrics of "Chun-Li" ("Bentley tints on, Fendi prints on").

Cross referencesEdit

  • Chun-Li is also referenced in "Fireball".

Music video Edit

A studio music video for the track came out on April 14, 2018.

Minaj released a teaser for the official music video on April 26, 2018.

Chun Li (Music Video Teaser)

Chun Li (Music Video Teaser)

The official video was released on May 4, 2018 alongside the video for "Barbie Tingz". It was directed by Steven Klein.

Music Video Information
Nicki Minaj - Chun-Li

Nicki Minaj - Chun-Li

Premiere May 4, 2018
Filmed April, 2018
Director Steven Klein
Producer Keith Brown & Stephen Holtzhauser
Production co Good Company Pictures, LLC
Exec. producer
Editor Benjamin Rodriguez Jr.
Choreographer
Length 5:09
Source [1]

Behind the scenes Edit

Lyrics Edit

[Verse 1]

Ayo, look like I'm goin' for a swim

Dunk on 'em, now I'm swingin' off the rim

Bitch ain't comin' off the bench

While I'm comin' off the court fully drenched

Here, get some haterade, get ya thirst quenched

Styled on 'em in this Burberry trench

These birds copy every word, every inch

But gang gang got the hammer and the wrench (brrr)

I pull up in that quarter milli off the lot

Oh, now she tryna be friends like I forgot

Show off my diamonds like I'm signed by the Roc (by the rock)

Ain't pushin' out his babies 'til he buy the rock


[Chorus]

Ayo, I been on, bitch, you been corn

Bentley tints on, Fendi prints on

I mean I been Storm, X-Men been formed

He keep on dialin' Nicki like the Prince song

I-I-I been on, bitch, you been corn

Bentley tints on, Fendi prints on

Ayo, I been north, Lara been Croft

Plates say Chun-Li, drop the Benz off


[Interlude 1]

Oh, I get it, huh, they paintin' me out to be the bad guy

Well it's the last time you gonna see a bad guy do the rap game like me


[Verse 2]

I went and copped the chopsticks, put it in my bun just to pop shit

I'm always in the top shit, box seats, bitch, fuck the gossip

How many of them coulda did it with finesse?

Now everybody like, "She really is the best"

You play checkers, couldn't beat me playin' chess

Now I'm about to turn around and beat my chest

Bitch, it's King Kong, yes, it's King Kong

Bitch, it's King Kong, this is King Kong

Chinese ink on, Siamese links on

Call me 2 Chainz, name go ding dong

Bitch, it's King Kong, yes, I'm King Kong

This is King Kong? Yes, Miss King Kong

In my kingdom wit' my Timbs on

How many championships? What? Six rings on


[Interlude 2]

They need rappers like me!

They need rappers like me!

So they can get on their fucking keyboards!

And make me the bad guy, Chun-Li


[Chorus]

Ayo, I been on, bitch, you been corn

Bentley tints on, Fendi prints on

I mean I been Storm, X-Men been formed

He keep on dialin' Nicki like the Prince song

I-I-I been on, bitch, you been corn

Bentley tints on, Fendi prints on

Ayo, I been north, Lara been Croft

Plates say Chun-Li, drop the Benz off


[Outro]

I come alive, I, I'm always sky high

Designer thigh highs, it's my lifestyle

I come alive, I, I'm always sky high

Designer thigh highs, it's my lifestyle

I need a Mai Tai, so fuckin' sci-fi

Gimme the password to the fuckin' wifi

 Credits Edit

Personnel:

  • Writers: Onika Maraj, Jeremy Reid
  • Producers: Jeremy Reid, Onika Maraj
  • Mixer/Recording Engineer: Aubry "Big Juice" Delaine
  • Assistant Mixer: Laura Bates
  • Assistant Recording Engineer: Iván Jiménez, Laura Bates
  • Studio Personnel: Aubry "Big Juice" Delaine, Laura Bates, Iván Jiménez[4]

References Edit

  1. https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/8343519/nicki-minaj-barbie-tingz-chun-li-debut-billboard-hot-100
  2. https://www.billboard.com/music/nicki-minaj/chart-history/hot-100/song/1073491
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_zSNQ2KoYQ
  4. https://listen.tidal.com/album/87259030