Here I Am

Here I Am

Nicki Minaj

In this song Nicki reflects on her career as a female rapper. She uses the analogy of a toxic relationship to talk about her toxic relationship with the music industry and the media. She tries to tell herself that she is okay with the industry constantly criticising her and seeing the worst in her (like an abusive partner would) but ultimately she just wants to be accepted for who she is and to be appreciated for her work.

She ends the song by freeing herself: she knows that people within the music industry and the media think that she won’t survive without their approval, but she flips the script and says she no longer needs them or their attention. She’s living her life on her own terms and focusing on the people who do love and appreciate her.