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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

 





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