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Nicki Minaj
Queen
Released August 10, 2018
Recorded 2017
Format Digital download, streaming
Length 3:13
Label Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Republic
Writer Onika Maraj, Matthew Samuels, Ramon Ibanga Jr., Brittany Hazard
Producer Boi-1da, !llmind
Queen track listing
"Hard White" is track number 5.
Previous track
"Rich Sex"
Next track
"Bed"

"Hard White" is a song by Nicki Minaj from her fourth studio album Queen. In an interview with Zane Lowe, Nicki stated that the track was recorded in early 2017 in Paris. The song was originally leaked under the title "Half Back".

Background

A track under the name of "Half Back" was leaked in April of 2018 and made available on a Russian music streaming service. It is believed that the song was renamed and mastered into "Hard White".

Live performances

Minaj performed the track live at the TIDAL X Vivo concert in São Paulo, Brazil.

Cross references

Music Video

Nicki announced via her Instagram on January 30, 2019 that she would be releasing the music video later at midnight.

Music Video Information
Nicki Minaj - Hard White

Nicki Minaj - Hard White

Premiere January 31, 2019
Filmed October 26, 2018
Director Mike Ho
Producer Keith Brown & Krista Worby
Production co
Exec. producer Erix Arocha
Editor Mike Ho
Choreographer
Length 3:15
Source [1]

Lyrics

Work hard, just to get half back
Used to work hard, just to get half back
Now I'm gettin' to it that way (Straight up, straight up)
I ain't coming through unless the bag straight
I used to work hard just to get half back
Used to work hard, just to get half back

Ayo, just last week I told 'em to pick a side
I bust shots, don't duck if it don't apply
Bae out in Paris, he told me to pick a ride
Sike, made you look, I still didn't pick a guy
I'm the trophy of the game, everybody tryna win me
Me, Olivier, Jourdan Dunn, my baby, Winnie
Partying in Paris, these bitches is embarrassed
'Cause they know I'm the queen, I still didn't pick an heiress
Mirror, mirror, who's the fairest?
You the motherfucking fairest, Nicki
What I drop on this watch?
I don't know, about a hundred-fifty
I'm who they wishin' to be
These hoes is on the 'Gram, Nicki pitchin' a ki'
'Bout to cop Neverland, Michael up in the tree
You got bars and still broke? You might as well took a plea, uh
Be in the bando or would you rather move weight, Don Pablo? Uh

Work hard, just to get half back
Used to work hard, just to get half back
Now I'm gettin' to it that way (Straight up, straight up)
I ain't coming through unless the bag straight
I used to work hard just to get half back
Used to work hard, just to get half back

Ayo, just last week I told 'em they run done
My legacy could never be undone
I'm a prodigy, R.I.P Thun-Thun
Got these bitches shook, they shocked, no stun-gun
I'm the billy, billy goat, the GOAT, the GOAT's here
Vintage Hermès by Jean Paul Gaultier
Lagerfeld customize my gold chair
I run the point, you bitches just go cheer
Uh, look at my knockoffs, I told 'em knock it off
Anything that Nicki do, you know they knock it off
Put my crown on again, and I'ma knock it off
Anything with Nicki in it, they gon' pocket off
I mean profit off, my plug drop it off
You see them copyin' my hair, tell 'em, "Chop it off"
Uh, bad gyal whip, the top is off
You nuh see him downgrade when mi drop 'em off
Uh, I ain't never play the ho position
I ain't ever have to strip to get the pole position
Hoes is dissin'? Okay, these hoes is wishin'
You're in no position to come for O's position
I ain't movin' weight, but I'm in the dope position
I ain't movin' weight, but I'm in the dope position

Work hard, just to get half back
Used to work hard, just to get half back
Now I'm gettin' to it that way (Straight up, straight up)
I ain't coming through unless the bag straight
I used to work hard just to get half back
Used to work hard, just to get half back

W-w-w-w-w-work hard
W-w-w-w-w-work hard
J-j-just last week, I told 'em to pick a side
I-I-I bust shots, don't duck if they don't apply
[1]

Credits

Personnel:[2]

  • Composer: Onika Maraj, Brittany Hazzard, Matthew Samuels, Ramon Ibanga Jr.
  • Producer: Boi1da, !llmind
  • Mixer: Jaycen Joshua, Aubry "Big Juice" Delaine
  • Assistant mixer: Bne Milchev, Laura Bates, David Nakaji
  • Recording engineer: Aubry "Big Juice" Delaine
  • Assistant recording engineer: Yann Bordeo, Ludovick Tartavel, Iain Findley, Jordon Silva

Charts

Chart (2018) Peak
position
US (Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles) 6
US (Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles) 3

References

  1. https://genius.com/Nicki-minaj-hard-white-lyrics
  2. https://listen.tidal.com/album/93590429
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