Perhaps the biggest character to emerge from Nicki Minaj‘s creative universe? Roman Zolanski, the troubled alter-ego the rapper created to combat the lady lyricists who took aim at her (see Lil Kim & Keys) in the earlier stages of her career.
Born to a Cockney mother, the ferocious teen’s life is turned upside down when he is banished to a Catholic boarding school after he and his equally feral friend Slim Shady launched an attack on Minaj’s enemies (see Roman’s Revenge & Moment 4 Life) and because his religious family learns that he is gay.
Horrified, his mother Martha enlists the help of a priest (and mind-altering drugs) she hopes will “cure” her wayward son.
Take your medication, Roman
Take a short vacation, Roman, you’ll be okay
You need to know your station, Roman
Some alterations on your clothes and your brain
Alas, the opposite occurs… leading to the scenes which took place in Minaj’s performance of his theme tune ‘Roman Holiday‘ at the 2012 Grammy Awards.
My flows is sick and I’m a lunatic
And this can’t be cured with no Elixir.
Now, seven years after the performance took place, the track has enjoyed a sales resurgence on iTunes.
why can i hear my dad watching roman holiday memes from the next room
— m (@mariahbelcastro) May 8, 2019
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.@NICKIMINAJ‘s “Roman Holiday” (2012) is now the #1 track by a female artist on the US iTunes rap chart (top 100 all genre).
— chart data (@chartdata) May 15, 2019
Memes featuring the song’s more dramatic moments reignited interest in the release and its parent album ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’ and sent the song soaring back into iTunes.
one day psychology teachers/professors will use seeing a sped up video and automatically hearing roman holiday by nicki minaj as an example of classical conditioning…mark my words it will replace pavlov’s dogs
— jonah (@phntmthrd) May 10, 2019
james charles losing subscribers to the sound of Roman Holiday by Nicki Minaj?✨ pic.twitter.com/JDZTeL8Dxs
— puta russa três (@russianwhore3) May 10, 2019
roman holiday gave you operatic rap, gregorian chants, stance against conversion therapy and religious extremism and references to 70s horror. some of these girls having a slow ass conversation off beat can’t compete pic.twitter.com/NfNtitg42w
— mula peep (@calmzs) May 12, 2019
— Alexa play Roman Holiday (@RH_memes) May 16, 2019
*roman holiday memes plays*
— mirko? (@artpopsbicht) May 16, 2019
It's really funny how they're just discovering Roman Holiday. Now imagine if they all just went back and listened to Nicki's albums instead of just her features or radio singles. They'd find a goldmine of bars, memes, and emotional content.
— Edibles (@NipTuck_Backup) May 16, 2019
I’m going to edit more Roman Holiday Meme’s. Anyone any idea’s? pic.twitter.com/IHLiJEvnvL
— R9 (@TheLiquorQueen) May 12, 2019
currently watching a novela with my abuela pic.twitter.com/C26q1D0e9s
— orange noodle hair clearance rack (@bieghed) May 16, 2019
Nicki’s explanation behind Roman Holiday & the Grammy performance… the vernacular she possesses as an ARTIST is crazy. pic.twitter.com/e4BfmyN8lg
— sharif (@sharifgrande) May 14, 2019
The most telling part about the single’s resurgence? That the general public opted to purchase it over streaming it despite its availability on all major streaming platforms.
WHO GREENSCREENED THIS DRESS OSKEKSKSKSKSKSKSOEOESKSKSKSK AND THEN PUT THE ROMAN HOLIDAY PERFORMANCE ON IT SKSKEOEOEOSIEKSKSKDKSKSKS pic.twitter.com/nwzjdFToxx
— .・゜゜・??? ? (@LILUZlFLlRT) May 14, 2019
Why do you think this is?