Meaning of “Chun-Li” by Nicki Minaj
“Chun-Li” is a song by Trinidadian-born American rapper and songwriter Nicki Minaj. The lyrics of the song are purely directed at Minaj’s online haters, whom she attacks severely on the track. According to Minaj, her online haters need rappers like her so that they can rush to their “f**king keyboards” and paint her black. Aside angrily attacking her detractors, she also proudly raps about her remarkable accomplishments in the hip hop industry.
Facts about “Chun-Li”
- The song was written by Nicki Minaj and American songwriter and music producer Jeremy Reid. The pair also handled the song’s production.
- The song’s title was inspired by the character Chun-Li from the legendary Chinese fighting video game Street Fighter. It is not exactly clear why Minaj chose the character’s name as the title of the track but it is likely she did so because to a certain degree, the character Chun-Li represents the strength and power of a female. It is worth noting that Chun-Li is the most famous female fighting game character in the gaming world.
- This isn’t the first time Minaj has used the name “Chun-Li” in her lyrics. The rapper used it in her verse in the 2011 single Fireball by Willow Smith. In the verse, Minaj referred to herself as the”street fighter” called “Chun-Li”.
- The official music video of “Chun-Li” was directed by renowned American photographer and music video director Steven Klein.
- The song officially came out on April 12, 2018 as one of the singles from Minaj’s fourth studio album, which is currently not titled.
- The song peaked at number 26 on the UK Singles Chart and number 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100.