Watch Nicki Minaj’s on-point rendition of Maya Angelou’s famous 1978 poem “Still I Rise”, a recital that was delivered on Wednesday night as part of A&E Network’s benefit concert, Shining a Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America.
Fittingly, the poem explores ideas of racism, misogyny and sexuality, all issues that Minaj has been vocal about in the past. And it’s hard to deny that the rapper’s delivery is total perfection. “Does my sassiness upset you?” she asks, raising one eyebrow with a half-smile. “Why are you beset with gloom? Cos I walk like I’ve got oil wells, pumping in my living room.”