Nicki Minaj is one to keep her private life private, but on her third studio album, The Pinkprint, the rapper is laying bare. She opens her third The Pinkprint with one of her most vulnerable and sincere songs to date, “All Things Go.”
“All Things Go” — produced by Boi-1day, Vinylz, and Allen Ritter and co-written by Ester Dean — features Minaj speaking candidly verse by verse.
On the first verse, the 31-year-old rapper admits to hesitantly accepting a proposal 10 years ago (“Ten years ago was when you proposed/ I looked down… ‘Yes, I suppose'”), while on the second verse she addresses her little cousin’s death, which still haunts her (“Ni–as trying to kill him/ He ain’t even call me/ And that’s a reflection of me, yes I get it, I get it was all me/ I’ll pop a pill and remember the look in his eyes the last day he saw me”).
On third verse, she details why she’s protective over her relationship with her mother and brothers, including her younger brother Caiah (“The more I work, the more I feel like somehow they’re neglected”).
She closes the verse revealing that she lost a baby of hers and her ex’s 16 years ago. (“My child with Aaron would have been 16, any minute/ So in some ways I feel like Caiah is the both of them/ It’s like he’s Caiah’s little angel, looking over him”).
“All Things Go” is available for instant download when pre-ordering The Pinkprint on iTunes. The album features guest appearances by Beyoncé, Lil Wayne, Drake, Chris Brown, Ariana Grande, Meek Mill, Skylar Grey, Jeremih and more.