Fans of Nicki Minaj, generically called Barbz have dug their fangs into the skin of UK rapper Steflon Don for sounding like their idol in a new freestyle video shared on Instagram.
The freestyle posted on the singer’s Instagram page with the caption “Crocodile Teeth Fi a Fake Friend”, captures the moment the girlfriend of Nigerian singer Burna Boy dropped bars heavily punctuated by her thick Jamaican accent as she talks about fake friends and liking “bad man.”
Although she really did well, fans looked beyond to it fire her for copying Nicki and not paying homage.
One Nicki stan commented, “To dislike Nicki so much she sholl look and sound just like her….” The comment was partially in reference to Stefflon’s blue and green pastel-colored hair. Nicki Minaj was the first female rapper to embrace pastel-colored hair, with her signature pink tresses.
Another Nicki fan said, “I thought it was a Nicki voice over remix or something.” And a third fan commented, “One of Nicki’s sons.”
Despite the Nicki backlash, many IG users were here for the freestyle, with some defending Stefflon, arguing that her accent and delivery were authentic as she is of Jamaican background. One fan said, “She’s not following Nicki. That’s this girl real accent lmao y’all need to behave.”
Stefflon Don was born in Birmingham, England, but she is of Jamaican heritage and is fluent in the island’s native tongue, Patois. Nicki Minaj was born in Trinidad hence her own island girl accent.