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    Tuesday, May 16, 2017

    #ThemeSongTuesday: Nicki Minaj Ain't A Lady To Mess With

    What do Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Dave Bautista, and Nicki Minaj all have in common?

    I'll give you a minute to think about that.

    Alright, give up? Here's the answer: all of them got their first mainstream exposure through the WWE.

    But wait, you ask, how the hell did Nicki Minaj use the WWE as a platform to get said mainstream exposure?

    You see, 13 years ago, before she started collaborating with the likes of Drake, Madonna, and Justin Bieber, before the colorful and crazy outfits, and before she got discovered by Lil Wayne, she was a young rapper trying to make it in the music industry. She was part of a rap quartet called The Hoodstars, and that group had an opportunity to record a WWE entrance theme in 2004 for ThemeAddict: WWE The Music, Vol. 6.

    Even Wikipedia (which is totally not a legit resource when you write your paper, high school kids;  check the references)—corroborates it:

    They recorded a track called "Don't Mess With," which ended up going to this Superstar:

    She ain't a lady to mess with.

    Yep, Victoria. You'll actually hear Nicki Minaj's vocals from the very first moment of the song. Just click below:

    Nicki actually doesn't sound all that different from how she raps these days. What's pretty interesting to listen to is the beat and how it's got some angry guitar riffs peppered in between it. That's the type of shit you won't necessarily hear in 2017.

    The way the Hoodstars rap through the verses sagutan-style reminds me of the Usos' "In Twelve Days" promo from last week's SmackDown Live. Other than that, there isn't really anything remarkable aside from that dude from the Hoodstars who raps like Ol' Dirty Bastard.

    What the theme does achieve is the vibe that whichever woman enters to this track comes across like a badass immediately. Victoria was always able to pull off the "badass chick" gimmick in and out of the ring and a theme like this ultimately suited her, even if it sounded repetitive once the first two verses got out of the way.

    Yeah, the theme isn't really anything special, but everybody starts somewhere. And for one Nicki Minaj, it was one of the first times for the world to hear what she had to offer the world of hip-hop.

    So, yes, believe it. We once heard Nicki Minaj on a weekly basis in the WWE. Starships were meant to fly, after all.

    Photos from WWE and bet.com


    Stan Sy (@_StanSyis the Editor at Large of Smark Henry, and is also an events host, a freelance writer, and one of the hosts of the Smark Gilas-Pilipinas Podcast and The Wrestling Gods on FOX. He enjoys watching WWE, NXT, Lucha Underground, and the occasional New Japan match. He dresses up in fancy suits from time to time to book matches as PWR's General Manager.
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