Toppa Top 13: Nicki Minaj’s Most Caribbean Moments

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“Trini Dem Girls” feat. Lunch Money Lewis (2014)

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Weh di hot gyal dem? Like each of her prior albums (“Muny” on Pink Friday and “Gun Shot” on Roman Reloaded), Nicki’s latest, The Pinkprint, features a rap/pop hybrid with a Caribbean tinge. One of five Dr. Luke-produced tracks on the album, “Trini Dem Girls” is a fun, fast-paced and danceable break from the album’s dichotomy of boisterous, flame-singed bars and vulnerable reflection on Nicki’s very public break up. Filled with lots of talk about pum pum, “Trini Dem Girls” shouts out all of the key cities and nationalities (Brixton and Queens, Jamaican and Trini) to connect with the Caribbean massive. It also features the services of Lunch Money Lewis, a relative unknown among A-list The Pinkprint guests like Beyonce and Ariana Grande.

While Lewis’ name might conjure mystery and conjecture among Nicki fans, it’s one we know well here at LargeUp. The son of Inner Circle’s Ian Lewis (co-founder and bassist for the Jamaican reggae legends), Lunchy has been making waves on the Miami rap scene for a few years, and first appeared here in 2012 with his “Jah Army” freestyle. —Scott Brown